Thea Schrack is a photographer and painter with a penchant for the past. Her photographic forays have taken her to English country estates, Czech castles, vineyards and the beach in search of places with a sense of beauty and mystery. The pervasive ethereal, somnambulistic effect throughout her work is derived from an amalgamation of her subject choice, film and developing techniques. Schrack’s romantic and mysterious work sometimes combines color photography with layers of encaustic wax and oil paint. For these pieces, her photography is mounted on birch panel and then covered with a number of layers of encaustic wax. Encaustic wax is a combination of beeswax, resin and pigment for color.
In Schrack’s own words: “Creating art is an ongoing investigation and connection to our natural world, and to be in the presence of that mystery on a daily basis is what inspires me. Most of my subjects could be classified as rather mundane, everyday vignettes, like a glance of spring that magically renews itself year after year. It’s the renewal that I look for, the change from one season to another, the persistence of nature and the ever-changing light and shadow.”
Thea Schrack received her B.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was awarded the New Faces Award in fine art photography from American Photographer Magazine upon graduation. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States can be found in many distinguished collections. Thea Schrack lives and works in San Francisco.