Alane Holsteen lives and paints in downtown Denver Colorado, where she was born and raised. By day she works with victims of violent crime. At night you can find her digging in her small urban garden, or painting in her studio by the capitol. Sometimes she expresses the beauty of this life, sometimes it’s pain. She calls encaustic medium her artistic collaborator, because being of nature itself, it aids her in expressing the intricacies of life on this planet.
After seven years of intense study with the Denver Botanical Illustration Program, she began showing her artwork professionally. Since then, Alane continues to study at the Art Students League of Denver.
When we hear birds chirping spring mornings there is no recognizable song, yet we are encouraged. When we see a field of flowers there are no ordered rows of colors, yet we are in awe. All of nature is beautiful abstract chaos.
When you look at my artwork, I want you to be reminded that even in the darkest of times, beauty and truth exist, no matter what storm rages around you.
I want you to stop.
Drop from the craziness of life back into your heart. Hear it beat. Remember bird and water song, the warmth of sun on your skin, the feel of tree bark, and the glorious smell of the earth. I want you to remember.
I create artwork with my own handcrafted mixture of encaustic (pure beeswax and tree resin). Encaustic embodies nature itself, and as such it is the perfect artistic collaborator in my quest to express the intricacies of life on this planet.