Marybeth Rothman, an award-winning painter, is known for her luminous and gestural, figurative images in encaustic.*
Most recently, Rothman received Third Prize, in the Ninth Annual Georgetown International Art Competition, Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC. Rothman received an Artist Profile Award in the Manhattan Arts International 2005 Small Works competition juried by Nancy di Benedetto, author and art historian. Di Benedetto described Rothman as: "A master of her medium. These paintings are a brilliant fusion of photographs from the past with contemporary figure drawings.” She also received the first prize award in the Pen & Brush Inc., All Brush Exhibition in New York. An award of excellence in the Sixteenth New Jersey Small Works Show was given to the artist by juror Bruce Weber, Director of Exhibitions and Research at Berry-Hill Gallery in New York. Additionally, Rothman received recognition in many competitions, juried by distinguished curators including: Manual Gonzales, a Global Art Executive at JP Morgan Chase; Melanie Marino, Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; and Susan Cross, Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The artist was also granted membership by both the National Association of Women Artists and Pen & Brush Inc.
Painting with encaustic* is a very exciting process for me. Encaustic is immediate, physical, and provides me with a medium to tell my stories. My paintings emerge through a combination of drawings, and photographs in many translucent layers of encaustic. I have developed a lustrous encaustic palette, which incorporates evocative figures, in an engaging narrative. A women’s view of blurred memories and defined moments is revealed through a vocabulary of images and marks . The narrative quality of these women’s journal pieces is the thread that is woven throughout. * Molten, pigmented beeswax.