As a Virginia native, Gina was born into an artistic family and was influenced by many artist and musician friends and mentors. Discovering art at an early age, Gina continued her artistic journey in the arts from early adulthood into college. Louthian-Stanley created her thesis works in monotype and has primarily been a monotype printmaker since 1986. While printmaking is her forte, her most recent works are explorations in combining printing, painting, and mixing media on alternative surfaces with various inks, oils, solvents, hot wax (Encaustic), and cold wax using various techniques to create the ‘atmospheric’ quality, which are symbolic to her works. She has been able to assemble bits and pieces of her mentors guiding inspiration to create her own artistic style. Louthian-Stanley’s works represent the physical and emotional sensations, which carry the viewer into an intimate visual narrative.
She has received many artistic honors and awards, has been featured in several publications, and has artworks in corporate and private collections locally, nationally, and internationally.
The mediums I have tried are many. I have tended to mix various mediums over the years, as an alchemist of sorts, often ‘pushing’ the limit of what the medium can handle. However, I have been refining my encaustic works for the past 16 years. I sometimes work in a traditional manner with encaustic creating the ethereal landscapes, which have been my translation of living in the inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains. I seek to find a paramount way to capture a specific moment or memory as my senses absorb and remember it and convey it visually to my audience. Creating works that include a collection of the myriad of materials and techniques, I transform a combination of materials into the work to create a narrative to pull the viewer just bit closer, to draw them into each piece hoping that they sense the corporeal and emotional ‘experience’ of the work. Most often, I create a variety of one-of-a-kind works to enjoy the interactions of the materials, but only to challenge myself by thinking and planning with a different perspective and pushing the limit of where I can take the work to create a narrative or remembrance of place and time.