Wes & Debra Lindberg
Wes Lindberg ~ Digital Media Artist
Wes Lindberg is a full time digital media professor, sixteen years and counting, at Santa Fe College in Gainesville Florida. He has been a fine art photographer for most of his life and is currently hand printing full color images of flowers. “Florida Farm Flowers” promotes small local farms near Gainesville, Florida. The flowers in the current project are from Swallowtail Farm in Alachua Florida.
Wes Lindberg creates his fine art images using a combination of alternative photographic processes, platinum/palladium and gum bichromate, both of which were developed in the 1800’s. He creates the color emulsions by mixing permanent watercolor pigments with light sensitive chemicals. The four emulsion layers, require full size negatives contact printed in perfect registration. Each original fine art image is hand printed on Hahnemühle Platinum Rag paper and with proper care, this archival artwork will last for many generations.
Debra J. Lindberg ~ Encaustic Collage Artist
Artistic inspiration came at an early age as Debra was often found exploring the streams and woods with her grandfather. Her first artistic work "Love Is" was a poster-sized John Lennon collage created in high school. In the late 70's Debra explored Sumi-e painting, taking classes and producing a number of art pieces. By 1980 she was creating needlelace dragonfly art jewelry pins and 3-D framed needlelace art. More recently, with a renewed interest in painting, Debra explored oil painting with exciting results. The longer drying times of oils created an issue so acrylics were next on her artistic journey. In 2007, with the desire to create more depth in her acrylic collages, Deb found the perfect medium, encaustic painting, which involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. While researching and exploring all things encaustic, Debra completed a weekend encaustic workshop in Savannah, Georgia, propelling her into a present day artistic success. With lifelong inspirations and influences such as her gardening and photography Debra's current work incorporates a traditional wax medium and paint process with the inclusion of collage.
"As a collage artist I find that encaustic provides the perfect ethereal beauty and depth in the work that I love to create"
Debra's encaustics frequently include many other elements such as oil paints, pastels, various hand-printed papers, photo prints and transfers, carbon transfers, leaves, flowers and just about anything else that makes the piece work!