"Blind trust"
36 x 54 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Sage Passage"
30 x 47 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"In A State"
40 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Timp from Heber"
40 x 60 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Jupiter in Profile"
30 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Pines at Dusk"
47 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Star Valley"
30 x 30 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Lone Tree"
40 x 40 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

On Saturday, December 14th, I gave a talk at Gallery MAR on how meditation is part of my artistic practice. I am by no means an expert in meditation, but I strongly believe that being present is a skill that can be practiced just like anything else. If you missed the talk, you can hear it as Gallery MAR had the foresight to record the talk so you can hear it as well. In the talk, I discuss how art and meditation play a roll in my life, and how to find unique ways to meditate in the non-traditional sense. You can listen to the whole talk for free on SoundCloud here.


Then we spend 15 minutes with this painting and discuss what we all see in it. This part of the discussion may not be as interesting to a listener who wasn't there, but if you stare at the painting while we talk, it might be a bit more fun. This painting is called Rojo Y Negro by Laura Wait and is available through Gallery MAR.

Finally, we finish up the talk with a guided drawing meditation that I narrate, while the guests of the talk participate in. It takes about 15 minutes and I would encourage you to do as well. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen or a pencil. No artistic skills necessary. I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you would be interested in me doing more things like this, especially the guided meditation.
"Silent Valley"
40 x 60 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Foggy Blues"
40 x 30 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Morning Hues"
25 x 40 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild

Announcing my new ornaments are now for sale! These holiday ornaments are hand-painted on aspen wood rounds and then covered with a thin layer of encaustic (beeswax). Each ornament is completely unique and roughly 3.5x3.5 inches in size and about 1/4 inch thick. The sale os these ornaments is a way to raise money to plant trees in our forests and help combat change.

Head over to my shop to purchase your ornaments and help me raise money to plant trees!



Again, each ornament is totally unique - some very round, some oblong, some a little skinnier and some a little squatter. Each one is painted with a unique series of three layers of trees.



Along with the ornament, I will be donating money to the National Forest Foundation to plant 5 trees for every ornament sold. Right now is the most important time to plant trees to help offset the effects of climate change as a way to sequester carbon dioxide. The whole point of these ornaments is to actually to raise funds for this tree planting effort. The National Forest Foundation and many other tree planting organizations are running campaigns to plants millions of trees. I chose the National Forest Foundation for this project, because they are working to replant and revitalize our National Forests within the US which have been damaged due to wildfire, invasive species, beetle kill and overuse. This reforestation within our own country is critically important, just as all reforestation is around the world. As I live in the West, and spend a lot of time in our national forests, I wanted to give back to them.


To learn more about the importance of protecting our forests, reforestation, and tree planting, please check out the following links:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/want-to-stop-climate-change-start-by-planting-a-trillion-trees/2019/07/23/dcd8039c-ad8f-11e9-bc5c-e73b603e7f38_story.html

https://wildaboututah.org/a-world-without-trees/

https://www.arborday.org/trees/climatechange/plantatree.cfm

https://www.nationalforests.org/





"Unmistakable"
54 x 36 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Among The Trees"
38 x 60 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

My 2020 Calendar and new Card Packs are also available for sale. The calendar features watercolors based off some of my favorite encaustic pieces from this year, and the 8-pack of cards are from some of my favorite studies. Check out all my small gift options including these in my online shop.

"Gladness"
30 x 30 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Wildness"
40 x 40 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR


My new show, "Among the Trees" opens at the end of November 2019 at Gallery MAR in Park City.
Inspired by the Mary Oliver poem “When I Am Among The Trees,” my new work expresses my love for the natural world and how we can gain a better understanding of life through the wisdom of trees. Please join me on Friday, November 29th from 6-9 pm for the opening reception.


I live in a forest, a grove of Aspen trees to be specific and I am surrounded by their shade, their clean air, and their calming presence. They save me, daily. My grove of trees has been here longer than I have been alive and it will be there longer than I will live. I recognize that their longer lifespan gives them a different perspective - that of the long game. They are more like ultra-ultra-marathoners, where we are but 100 yard dash sprinters. And I look to the trees for wisdom, forbearance, timeliness, fortitude, and resilience. They are never hurried, nor impatient. They are never angry, nor mean-spirited. They are the ultimate zen masters - always at one with the present, and accepting of their place in the world. They operate on a different timescale, much like the mountains, with patience that all will come in due time - new seasons, growth, the sun, the wind, the rain, the storms and even their own death. I have so much to learn from trees. 


Trees have been a consistent theme in my work for over a decade now. I first began in 2009 with drawing of trees as transfers onto encaustic. Then I painted almond blossoms before finally switching to paintings of foggy trees in atmospheric landscapes, which I am most well known for. Their steady presence has been a guiding force for me and this year I want to celebrate them and spread the good news about what they mean to me and to the world. Trees are also a critical element to the world helping provide clean air and water, shade, habitat, nature, respite, food and much more.


But with climate change becoming more dire, we must act now to stop the devastating effects of a warming planet. Trees are already responsible for soaking up almost 2 billions tonne of carbon dioxide annually, but even more trees would drawdown the global carbon emissions further. One study published in 2019 estimates that if we were to plant 1 trillion trees, we could make a very significant dent in soaking up our carbon emissions enough to limit global warming by less than 1.5 deg C. The numbers are up for debate still about the actual impact of tree plantings or how many would be necessary, but the point remains, that trees are a significant way that the planet absorbs carbon dioxide. Take for instance a full grown Douglas Fir tree - annually it absorbs 175 lbs of carbon dioxide, plus other pollutants like nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone. And to give that some context, an average car is responsible for 11,000 lbs of carbon dioxide annually (driven for 12,000 miles/year). To counteract those emissions, you would only need 63 mature trees, which isn’t really that much!


To help counter our carbon footprint, we must plant more trees and soon. As such, I will be donating a portion of the proceeds of the show to TreeUtah, a local tree planting organization, and Gallery MAR will be matching my donation. TreeUtah works in and around the Wasatch Mountains to plant native tree species to enhance our local environment. In the spring, we will also be going out with TreeUtah to volunteer with the tree planting. I would also encourage anyone to donate to tree planting organizations like TreeUtah, the Arbor Day Foundation, or the National Forest Foundation. Planting trees in your own yard, business, or on your own land is also an amazing way to contribute. Head over to the Arbor Day Foundation's guide to planting trees to learn more about what kinds of trees are good for your area, how to plant them and how to take care of them. The time is now to plant trees.


Here follows some more information about the show:

"Continuing her investigation of the ethereal nature of the environment, Meinhold’s new show “Among the Trees” explores and celebrates the nature of forests and beauty of trees. Inspired by the Mary Oliver poem “When I Am Among The Trees,” Meinhold’s new work expresses her love for the natural world and how we can gain a better understanding of life through the wisdom of trees. By slowing down, with appreciation, and simplicity, we too can find our innate goodness within and share that with the world. These new encaustic paintings explore our relationship with the trees in our mountain landscapes. 

Meinhold is an active proponent of open space preservation and protection of wild spaces as well as an avid skier, mountain biker, climber and hiker. Her time spent outdoors and love of nature directly translates into her atmospheric landscape paintings. Invoking “Think globally, act locally” and concerned with the ever increasing threats of climate change, Meinhold and Gallery MAR will be donating to a local tree planting organization, TreeUtah to sponsor the planting of new trees in the regions around Park City, Utah."






When I Am Among the Trees, by Mary Oliver



When I am among the trees,


especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.



And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,


“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”

All photos by JP Gendron, do not use without permission
Come watch me paint at the new Art Lounge in Gallery MAR. I'll be there every afternoon starting Tuesday, November 4th until Friday, November 8th painting away from 1-5pm working on a painting for my new show. The Art Lounge is a new space at Gallery MAR showcasing art in a comfortable and swanky setting. There's also plenty of room for me to paint too! All are welcome, just stop by and say hi.
"Simplicity"
40 x 25 in; October 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Walk Slowly"
40 x 40 in; October 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Goodness & Light"
47 x 60 in diptych; October 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Root Down"
47 x 30 in; October 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR