M I C K I  W H E L A N . A B O U T

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

It's how I felt about making jewelry for 30 years and now it describes my deep and abiding passion for all things encaustic.  

I'll never learn everything about either medium, which gives me freedom to experiment, to make mistakes that become part

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

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

Ellsworth Kelly. Agnes Martin. The Bauhaus design aesthetic of 'less is more'. Buddhism.

After a long career in the wholesale and retail fine craft arena and a move back to my home state of Maine, 

we now produce a small, concise jewelry collection for individual customers and select wholesale clients, including

The Barnes Foundation, The High Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, SEE Eyewear and Fireworks. 

The transition from jewelry to two-dimensional art is a work in progress. Recent paintings focus on subtraction over addition.

The horizon and the intimate memories it evokes are often present. ​​​​​​                                   



BA  English  University of Maine  Orono ME

Rhode Island School of Design | Continuing Education : Light Metals

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: Japanese Metalsmithing Techniques

The Maine Coast Encaustic Retreat   Dietlind Vander Schaaf, instructor


1987                    established Micki Whelan Studio, Providence RI 


1987-2014           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

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
                         group              The International Encaustic Conference  Provincetown MA
solo                 Trillium Gallery  Biddeford ME : featured artist

                         group              CIA Gallery  Saco ME and South Portland ME