The images in my encaustic monotypes are memories and imaginary inner reflections of significant features in the environments/locations where I live or have visited. The power and energy of certain features in the landscapes — the hills, mountains, skies, clouds, and water fascinate me. Working in encaustic wax monotypes enables me to transfer the essence of what I have seen or heard from my unconscious memory to the images in the prints. The bold color and movement in the work reflect my sensory and imaginary experiences and the swirling energy of the natural world.

The work reflects my love of and connection with nature, especially in the Blue Ridge foothills and my experiences and the unseen power and energy of the natural features of places I have visited.


Marilyn Hayes lives in Arlington, VA and has a second home place in Madison County, VA in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. She has been exhibiting her work since 1999 after studying at the Washington Studio School and continues exhibiting in the greater Washington DC area as well as in Virginia.