Marilyn Banner creates paintings in encaustic, a mixture of beeswax, pigment, and resin. Her current work focuses on landscape and her own personal vision of the natural world. Influenced by the early 20th century masters Ryder, Dove, O’Keefe, and Burchfield, and by the expressive brushwork of painters such as Soutine and Guston, she has developed an individual style more concerned with the abstract qualities of line, shape, color, and texture than with traditional representation. Inspired by the philosophy of abstract expressionism, i.e., the importance of the “inner,” and increasingly grounded in the natural world, her work combines a joyful spontaneity, reflection, and a deep responsiveness to nature.