Amalgama de aceite y cera produce Pinturas distintivas – Parte II

Amalgam of Oil and Wax produces Distinctive Paintings – Part II

By Scott Campbell

Taber works on wood surfaces “primed” with melted wax to help preserve it. She applies a concoction of cold wax and white paint to block out the fundamental shapes and then proceeds to other colors. Texture is not only determined by the kinds of tools used, but also through such methods as tonking. Crumpled newsprint is pressed against the painting’s surface and removed in order to effect visual texture while, simultaneously, absorbing excess oil.


“I was always interested in art,” says Taber, who grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. “My mother took art classes, so I was exposed to it at an early age.”

One of her instructors at Broome Community College was a painter from New York City who kept Taber’s interest in art simmering. However, she eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology from SUNY Cobleskill, which served to shunt her off into other enterprises. She landed in the Harrisburg area by virtue of her husband’s employment as regional counsel with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


Taber’s distinctive medium and style have not gone unnoticed. She had a piece in Ancestors, Guardians and Guides, a 2013 exhibition held at the Charles Sumner School House Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C. Another offering was accepted in the 2014 Masur Museum of Arts Juried Competition in Monroe, LA. Inclusion in the 2014 National Association of Women Artists Small Works Exhibition at the organization’s New York Fifth Avenue gallery is, perhaps, her highest recognition to date.

Locally, the reader can view Taber’s work at Harrisburg’s Gallery @ Second ( An exhibition will be in place through May 4.

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