UNE Campus Center now showcasing encaustic paintings by Saco artist Pamela Browne

An encaustic painting depicting a river with multiple shades of blue, green, and purple
Pamela Browne. "Wandering River." 24"x36."

On display now at the UNE Campus Center in Biddeford is a series of 22 encaustic pieces from Saco-based artist Pamela Browne.

The exhibit, “Inspired by Nature,” makes use of the ancient encaustic painting method, which uses a combination of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. Paints are melted on a warm palette and applied to warm surfaces, and each layer is fused to the layer before it with a heat gun or torch.

“I particularly love the encaustic medium for its luminosity, depth, and texture,” Browne remarked. “Art gives me the opportunity to let go and be one with the world. When I paint, I receive a spiritual experience that gives me peace, clarity, and purpose.”

Hailing from Baltimore and moving to Maine in 1992, Browne has worked in administration for the York County Shelter Program for many years in addition to raising her three children. For over five years, she has been painting and displaying her art throughout Maine, from Damariscotta to Kittery.

“Inspired by Nature” will be on display at the Campus Center through May 25.

The Campus Center is located at 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine. Hours for the academic year are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please note that, starting May 11, the Campus Center will be open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Masks are optional indoors for visitors to UNE’s campuses.

“Wandering River”