Alaina Enslen

In these paintings, comprised of repurposed fabric and beeswax, I’m exploring the emotive properties of cloth as experience, tradition, and memory. I piece together cherished worn heirlooms, discarded clothes, religious garments, and scraped linens from production factories. These repurposed fabrics are then gently fused with encaustic medium as I explore colors, forms, and lines through a patchwork of canvas. Now it is a map of my own making, flattened, frayed, and immersed in beeswax.

Photo of Alaina Enslen

Small Encaustics

Medium Encaustics

Large Encaustics


Alaina Enslen is a mixed media artist residing in Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York, a small village in the Hudson Valley. Having lived in many states across the US as well as in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, and England, her experiences with diverse cultures, identities, and beliefs throughout her life have deeply influenced her work. Her paintings, encaustics, and collages draw from materials collected from her subjects, memorabilia, fabric, and objects from the environment. Over the last twenty years, her art has been shown internationally and nationally, including an exhibition in 2017 at the Caleidoscópio (University of Lisbon). Her work is part of the permanent collections at the West Point Museum and the Paul W. Bryant Museum. Over the last twenty years, she has received a number of grants and awards including a nomination for Best Temporary Exhibition 2016 from the Portuguese Museological Association for “Bird-watching” (Museu da Ciência, University of Coimbra, 2016) and a Luso-American Development Foundation travel grant for FOLIO 2016. Her most recent series, Remnants, employs encaustic and fabric in bold designs to convey the emotive properties of cloth as experience and memory.


Winter Art Show, Green Light Gallery, Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York

Bird Watching, University of Lisbon, Caleidoscópio, Portugal
Pop Up Art Exhibition, Orange Alert III: Espiritu, Newburgh, New York

Bird Watching, Folio Festival, Obidos, Portugal
Bird Watching, University of Coimbra’s Science Museum, Coimbra, Portugal

Hudson Valley in Encaustic, Green Light Gallery, Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York

Alaina Enslen: New Work, Hudson Street Cafe, Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York

December Art Show, Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, NYC

26th Annual Elmore County Art Guild Winter Show, Wetumpka, Alabama (First Place in Photography and Purchase Award for First Community Bank)

Landscapes in Transitions, Aurum Studios, Athens, Georgia
Full House, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, Georgia

Alabama State Fair Exhibition, Montgomery, Alabama (Honorable Mention)

Group Exhibition, Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, Georgia
West Alabama Art Association Juried Show, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (First Place in Genre, Second Place in Portraits, and Their Place in Portraits)
The Fifth Nightengale Biennial Exhibition, Montgomery, Alabama (honorable Mention)
Recent Works by Alaina Enslen, Kentucky Museum of Art, Northport, Alabama
West Alabama Art Association Juried Exhibition, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
33rd Montgomery Art Guild Exhibition, Montgomery Museum, Montgomery, Alabama