​​​​​​​It's true love when two things happen: you want to spend more and more time together, and you're always discovering something new.

That's how I've felt about making jewelry for thirty years and now it sums up my deep and abiding passion for all things encaustic.  

Knowing that I may never learn everything about either medium gives me freedom to experiment, to make mistakes that become part

of the creative toolbox and to continue searching for inspiration and enlightenment. 

My influences are minimalist in nature. Mark Rothko. Carmen Herrera. Lucio Fontana. The Vignellis. Ronald Hayes Pearson. John Prip.

Jasper Johns. Ellsworth Kelly. Agnes Martin. The Scandinavian design aesthetic of 'less is more'. Buddhism.

After a long career in the wholesale and retail jewelry arena, we now produce a small, concise collection for individual customers and for 

select wholesale clients, including Barnes Foundation, The High Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, SEE Eyewear and Fireworks. 

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The transition from jewelry to encaustic art is a work in progress. Recent paintings focus on subtraction over addition. The horizon and the

intimate memories it evokes are constantly present. 


​​​​​​​​​​​Exhibits | Encaustic 

2017                 group              The International Encaustic Conference  Provincetown MA

​                         solo                 Biscuits and Company  Biddeford ME

                         group              Small Works  Ocean House Gallery  Cape Elizabeth ME

​                         solo                Townsend Gallery   Cape Elizabeth ME

                         group              Handworks Gallery   Blue Hill ME

​2018                 group              Four Artists / One Connection  Gallery 95 at Porter Mills  Beverly MA

                         to the trade     Museum Store Association Conference and Exposition  Washington DC


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Education

BA English University of Maine  Orono ME

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: Japanese Metalsmithing Techniques

Rhode Island School of Design | Continuing Education : Light Metals

The Maine Coast Encaustic Retreat   Dietlind Vander Schaaf, instructor


Experience

1981-2012         established Micki Whelan Studio, Providence RI        

                          designed, produced and marketed several jewelry collections:

                           - one of a kind sterling brooches incorporating encaustic paint on mahogany panel

                           - limited edition series of hand fabricated sterling 'tree + leaf' brooches, earrings and pendants

                           - production line of earrings, bangles, chains and pendants, hand-fabricated in brass

                             and electroplated with fine silver and 24 karat gold


                           exhibited in six juried retail fine craft shows per year, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show,                  

                           CraftBoston, The Washington Craft Show, The Westchester Craft Show, The Germantown Craft Show,

                           Crafts at Lyndhurst and the American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, St Paul, San Francisco, Charlotte and Atlanta 


                          exhibited in four wholesale trade shows per year, including NYNOW, The Buyers' Market of American Craft and

                          the American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, Columbus and San Francisco. Major wholesale accounts:

                          Museum of Art and Design, The High Museum, The Barnes Foundation, The Walker Art Center, Boston MFA

                          San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fireworks, Seattle WA


2000-2006         founder and director of The Providence Craft Show, a fine craft exhibit and sale in Providence RI. Responsibilities:

                          mission statement, marketing and public relations, exhibitor liaison, advertising, floor plans, contract negotiations


2006-2016         established second company to develop accessories for the optical industry. Exhibited twice a year at Vision Expo

                          in NYC and Las Vegas. Major wholesale optical accounts: Morgenthal Fredericks, Ready Reading Glasses,

                          SEE Eyewear and Peepers  


2013-present      moved to Biddeford ME

                           downsized jewelry companies 

                           became a serious student of encaustic painting


      


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