These paintings are a mixture of oil, encaustic, alcohol ink and pastel on panel

Mixed Media




Lara Cantu-Hertzler is best known for her vibrant color choices in her richly textured, paintings that have thick layers of wax as well washes of ink, pastel, oil and watercolor. Subject matter varies but often includes a female nude and an architecture element. Her compositions are abstract and gestural. Early artistic influences include: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, while later influences include: Francesca Woodman, and Joan Mitchell. In 2008 Cantu-Hertzler graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduating with a Certificate in painting. In 2014 Cantu-Hertzler received a full fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, she's had solo shows at: Allen's Lane Art Center, Abington Art Center, and High Wire Gallery. She's also exhibited her work at Rittenhouse Square, Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts, Elfant Wissahickon and Rosenfeild Gallery. Lara has won numerous awards from The Philadelphia Sketch club, and The Philadelphia National Arts Program. Cantu-Hertzler paints her experience of being a woman, her women are not depicted as objects but celebrate female power and beauty. Her subtle narratives depict the loneliness and awe of being human.