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Artist Statement:

I intend to express my observations, interactions, and interpretation of the living world around me. I mean to capture the simple, honest, and elegant moments when I feel profoundly connected to people, plants and animals and the meaningful interactions and shifts of daily life. It is my joy to share. 

The fluid and unstable nature of the encaustic media offers unique freedoms to explore layering, depth, line, and color all while preparing for a pull off print. This  invites an energetic, physical, and immediate focus which can be dynamically expressed on rice papers. This expressive process is inherently exploratory and offers me endless possibilities to express the fundamental truths I search for.

Lonnie Zarem

Lives & works in Los Altos Hills, CA




Lonnie Zarem is a professional fine artist with a focus on making Encaustic Monotypes. Following art school, and several years of oil painting, she started to paint with Encaustic Wax, a medium consisting of beeswax, resin, and pigment. This means creating an image by

painting with blocks of pigmented wax on a hot flat plate, and then placing rice paper on it to absorb the melted wax image, and then pulling it off for a one time print. For the last 15 years, Lonnie has been pushing the possibilities of making contemporary encaustic monotypes; developing new methods, stretching and modifying wax application, working large scale, incorporating varied drawing approaches, and exploring color to achieve her highly expressive representational abstract monotypes.


When asked what inspires her work, she said, “I have always been fundamentally inspired by my relationship with the natural world. I want to experience the special moments that arrive from being aware, when it’s most beautiful, when it’s most simple, when it’s most profound, when contrasts are arresting. I want to visually capture it in my mind before it’s gone, to register it in a pure, simple, and honest way. I look to see things raw, wild, and unbundled from the demands of daily life. It’s my intension to capture natures’ announcements of change, of transition. I am urged to respond and interpret these moments in terms of the emotion and meaning they have for me, to find these beautiful memories and make them seeable, and shareable!

Lonnie currently lives and works in her studio in Los Altos Hills, California. She was born in Southern California where she grew up playing tennis with the intention of turning professional. This led to her recruitment to UC Irvine where she graduated with a B.A. in economics. After years working as a marketing professional, she married Hal Zarem and had three sons. The family moved to Northern California in 2000, at which time Lonnie decided to formally pursue her art career. This led to art school at San Jose State University, School of Fine Arts and the many years of making, showing, and selling her work as well as being an art instructor for the last 8 years. She enjoys family, friends, and an active life filled with the wonder, beauty, nature’s wildness, and the quest for new adventures!

Exhibits and Speaking Engagements:

1/24-3/24 Northern California Museum of Art, Chico, CA Juried “Birds of the Marsh Triptych” Encaustic Monotype 96 x 66 


10/23 International Encaustic Artists “Ephemeral” Mulranny, Ireland Juried - “ Spring Reflections”

9/2023 Solo Exhibition at Pacific Art League, CA

“ Footprints of the Ephemeral”, 20 new large works, including 102 x 72” Triptych

9/2023 Refuse of the Bay; Juried - Metal Haus Refuse of the Bay Catalogue publication

9/2023 International Encaustic Artists Project Grant for 2023 AWARDED

5/2023 Northern California Womens Caucus for Art & ARC Project & Gallery, Oakland, CA   “PORTALS” Exhibition - Juried , “Infinity”, Encaustic Monotype 28 x 39


5/2023 International Encaustic Arts and San Antonio Arts League and Museum,  San Antonio, TX   “Wax and Wildflowers” Exhibition - Juried, “Field of Spring”, Encaustic Monotype 44 x 48” 


* received the International Encaustic Arts Board, Award of Excellence


4/2023 Encaustic Art Institute “Joy” Exhibition - Juried, Santa Fe New Mexico  “Poppies in a Spring Storm”, Encaustic Monotype


4/2023 Cami Art & Wine “CAKE” Show Calistoga, CA  Pansy Cake-Encaustic Monotype, Blue Spring Cake- Encaustic Monotype, Cotton Candy Cake- Archival  Pigment Print

4/2023- Unanimously juried into the Santa Fe Gallery Association's 2023 Artist

Catalog 2/2023 “Exploring Large Works” series, Solo, Private Showing, Palo Alto, CA

2023 America Association of University Women - Tahoe Nevada “Creativity..A Way Of Being”, Talk/Workshop


2022 Pacific Art League, 101st Anniversary Exhibition- Juried

101st Anniversary Exhibition Nov.11th-Jan 17, 2023 “ Merlot” Encaustic Monotype 


2022 Pacific Art League ; Emerging Artists

Student show with Lonnie Zarem as Instructor Oct. 7 - Oct 25

10 students exhibited their work of 2 years studying Abstract Expressionism with Lonnie Zarem


2022 Pacific Art League, Ode to California- Juried

“California Winter: Bulbs Reaching”


2020 Lola’s Art Gallery (Lola of San Fransisco), San Fransisco, CA 

Solo exhibit Jan 3 - Jan 31; “Moments of Expression": 13 Encaustic Monotype Prints 


2019  Artist in Residence, Ghost Ranch New Mexico

 Participated with 18 artists in individual and group work. Culminated in a public   

 art exhibit and gala.


2018 (December) - 2019 (January) Pacific Art League, CA Artist Showcase:

“Pink” Oil, “The Conversation” Oil, “Laughing face” Encaustic Monotype print, “The Loser”  Encaustic Monotype, The Party” Diptych Encaustic Painting


2018 Pacific Art League, CA Third Place in Juried show “97th Anniversary”,

‘Waiting Face’ Encaustic Monotype, ink, pastel


2018 Arts Guild of Sonoma, CA Juried in National  show-“Art in an Age of Anxiety”,  'Waiting Face', Encaustic Monotype Print and Ink 

2018 Pacific art League, CA Juried “Human Form”

'Laughing Man', Encaustic Monotype Print


2018 Pacific Art League, CA  Juried “Abstract Explorations”

Coal Miners Morning, Encaustic Monotype Print and Blue Face, Encaustic Monotype Print


2018 San Diego Art Guild, CA   Juried “Best in Show” 

Coal Miner’s Morning, Encaustic Monotype Print


2018 San Diego Art Guild, CA  Juried “1st place mixed media” 

Distant Face, Encaustic Monotype Print and Charcoal



2023 Instructor of the Year Award- Pacific Art League


2023-Instructor/ Collaboration with Pacific Art League to launch the “Encaustic Monotype Center”: including workshops, classes, open studio time, and an annual international encaustic exhibit. Instruct courses and workshops; manage the center with PAL 

2018-Current Art Instructor: Pacific Art League, Palo Alto CA 

Courses Include: Abstraction Expressionism Series, Creativity Workshop, Abstract Art Critique Workshops, Beginning and Intermediate Encaustic Painting courses, Advanced Encaustic Painting/Sculpture courses,  Encaustic Monotype Printing Workshops


2018 Art Instructor; San Diego Art Guild,  Workshop for artists including concepts, process and techniques of encaustic monotype printing


2017 Art Instructor; Accent Arts, Several 8 week introductory courses covering design concepts, materials,  process and techniques in encaustic painting


2017 Art Instructor; Accent Arts, Palo Alto, CA  Conducted 4 hour workshops covering concepts and techniques of encaustic monotype printing 


2016 Art Instructor; Accent Arts, Palo Alto, CA  8 week introductory courses covering design concepts, materials,  process and techniques in encaustic painting


2016 Art Instructor; Third Door, Palo Alto, CA  6 week  session  providing approaches and techniques to access personal artistic creativity


2003 Art Facilitator; Silicon Light Machines, Milpitas, CA  Planned and conducted a Family Day Art Experience for the Company


1998-2000 Owner; “Art Only” La Canada CA  Designed and executed a school fundraising program that offered personalized cards for all children and their families to purchase with a small percentage of sales benefitting over 10 schools directly.


1988-1998  Owner and President, Technology Marketing Services, Studio City CA

A  Senior Strategic Marketing Consultant for Fortune 1000 Companies. Work included Market Research, Strategic Marketing Plan and Marketing programs development. 


2002-2005 San Jose State University, School of Art and Design, 

Bachelor of Fine Arts Program


1984-1986 UCLA, Anderson School of Management, 

Executive MBA Program


1976 - 1980 UC Irvine

 B.A. in Economics



  • Northern California Women’s Caucus of the Arts: Member since 2016

  • Encaustic Art Institute since 2022

  • International Encaustic Artists since 2019

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