Folia, 2019, oil pigment & beeswax on panel, 24” x 24”

Folia, 2019, oil pigment & beeswax on panel, 24” x 24”

Mary Oliver writes of the creative self:

"It likes the out-of-doors.  It likes the concentrating mind.  It likes solitude.... Its concern is the edge and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge."  

I am most aware of Earth's dynamic interconnections when I am in remote wild places, alone, with a concentrated mind.  In my artwork, I reference shifting states of air, water and earth. I apply multiple layers of beeswax and pigment, building and scraping away bits of shapes, colors, lines and textures, until the entire surface is worked, bits of previous layers are revealed and, with no shape or layer more important than any other, all intertwine in a matrix.  My abstractions are often just on the edge of specific figuration, inviting viewers to reflect on the intricate and ever evolving natural world.

“Lasché's transition from encaustic work to cold wax and oils has brought a maturation of both form and content. While she has always had a wonderful way with color and visual texture, this new work shows Lasché walking into deeper waters of emotion. These pieces have a raw and human quality we've not seen before. One cannot help but feel them viscerally, and one cannot help but want to touch them physically. Intense colors and gouges juxtaposed against calmer, quieter areas in the surface make the paintings feel along some spectrum of wounded, healing, and scarred.”

Jerry McLaughlin

“Phyllis Lasché's evocative new series is built around the theme of wounding/healing/scarring.  Her background in nursing brings authenticity and emotional depth to these abstract paintings, which combine delicate, nuanced surfaces with more aggressive scratches and scrapes. Contrasting areas of dark and light also contribute to the impact of the work. Her paintings are built up in many layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax medium, creating a history that evokes personal suffering and healing. “

Rebecca Crowell
Visual Artist / Contemporary Abstractions


Current GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA

  Current Sticks Framing and Fine Art, Berkeley, CA

   2014       Gallery 621, Benicia, CA

   2010/11 Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA


   2017       Contributing Artist, Nest: Women Artists of Helper,
K. Royster; Digital Printing Solutions, 2017 

   2016       Contributing Artist, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations,
R. Crowell & J. McLaughlin, Oakland, CA; Squeegee Press  

   2009       Contributing Artist, Metamorphosis: Contemporary Statements in Encaustic,
S. Schenk & M. Berry , Blurb, Inc., 2009

   2009       A Conversation in Paint, featuring Robbin Milne & Phyllis Lasché;
a 3-part video produced by John Y. Fortes, Digital Boondocks, 2009:                                



   2008       Contributing Artist, The Diptych Project: A Collaboration in Wax,
N. Natale; Blurb, Inc., 2008      


   2013       Selected Artist, Annual Benefit Art Auction, ArtsBenicia Gallery, Benicia, CA  

   2012       Selected Artist, Annual Benefit Art Auction, ArtsBenicia Gallery

   2010       Panelist, Artists Supporting Artists, Annual IEA Retreat: 2010, San Francisco, CA

   2005       Best in Exhibit, Collaborative Art Juried Exhibit,
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

   2003       City Purchase, Spring Art Exhibit, Livermore, CA

2000       Photography Award for Creative Excellence, Mills College Awards Convocation, Oakland, CA

   1996       First Place, Pleasanton Art League Annual Exhibit, Pleasanton, CA

   1994       First Place, Pleasanton Art League Scholarship            

   1994       Winner, Jack Ward Scholarship, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA

   1994       First Place, Valley Artists Scholarship, San Ramon, CA


2019 Restive and Uprising, Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA

2018       Syncopainted Pauses, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA

2017       What Remains, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA

2016       Essential Elements and Other Mysteries of the Universe, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA

  2015       Point of Convergence, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA


2017       The Nest, amjworks Gallery, Helper, Utah

2015       New Faces, Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2014       Altered Landscapes, ArtsBenicia Gallery, Juror: Philip Linhares, Former Chief Curator,
Oakland Museum of California

2013       Gems II,  ArtsBenicia Gallery

                    All Figured Out, Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA

                    2013 National Juried Exhibit, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA 

                    Claude Lorrain Project: Conversation Across the Centuries, Kunstanke Art Group,
Napa County Public Library, Napa, CA

 2012       Blinded by Enchantment, Kunstanke Art Group, Orinda Library Gallery, Orinda, CA

                    57 Degrees, Thoreau Gallery, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 

                    Claude Lorrain Project, Crowne Plaza Gallery, Concord, CA

   2011       SHINE, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA 

                    Gems, ArtsBenicia Gallery

                    Claude Lorrain Project, Contra Costa Cultural Arts Center, Gallery 651, Martinez, CA                 

   2010       Small Works, ArtsBenicia Gallery 

                    Summer Splendor, Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA

                    Exploring the Triptych, International Encaustic Artists Juried Exhibit,
LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE                          

                    5th Annual Juried Exhibit, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA,
Juror: Kenneth Baker, Art Critic, San Francisco Chronicle

2009       A Little Bit of Red Goes A Long Way, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA                                     

                    Working in Wax, Bedford Gallery at Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA 

                    Metamorphosis, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE 

2008     Soupcon: Small Works, ArtsBenicia Gallery, Benicia, CA

                    The Diptych Project: A Collaboration in Wax, International Encaustic Artists,
Steamboat Springs Arts Council Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO                              

                    Encaustic Works, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

                    Local Voice: Exhibit of Contra Costa Artists, Bedford Gallery          

                    Diptych Project-Collaboration in Wax: East Coast,
Montserrat College Gallery, Beverley, MA

                    Diptych Project-Collaboration in Wax: West Coast, Brian Marki Gallery, Portland, OR                  

2007       Re-Newal, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA 

2006     West Coast Encaustic Artists Inaugural Exhibit, Mill Valley, CA 

                  Conversation In Paint: A Three-Year Collaboration, Phyllis Lasche & Robbin Milne,
2-person show, Benicia Library Art Gallery, Benicia, CA                                                     

2005       Local Voice: Exhibit of Contra Costa Artists, Bedford Gallery          

                    Collaborative Art Exhibit (16 paintings with artist-collaborator Robbin Milne),
Sebastopol Center for the Arts


2015-now Member, Executive Committee, GearBox Gallery LLC, Oakland, CA

2010/11   Co-President and Chief Empowerment Officer, International Encaustic Artists (IEA),
San Francisco, CA

2006/11   Member, Board of Directors, IEA

2003/13   Co-Founder and active member, Kunstanke Art Group, Bay Area, CA


2000         Mills College, Oakland, California (BA with Honors in Studio Art)

1984           University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL (MSN: Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist)

1975           Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (BS in Nursing) 

1970 Chipola Community College, Marianna, FL (AA in Art