Artist Profile

La’Nelle Gambrell


I’ve been an artist all my life. I studied studio arts at College of the Desert Arts in Palm Desert, California and graphic design and journalism at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. I also studied privately for two years with the well known Texas sculptor, Ellsworth Handy.

During my career in television and later as the owner of La’Nelle Gambrell Advertising/Art I continued to paint, enter shows and exhibit. It was only after moving to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in 2009 that I discovered the ancient art of encaustic and fell in love with the depth and translucency that can only be achieved with flame and molten bees wax. I’ve enjoyed my association with the Arkansas Craft School and the Mt View Art Guild in Mt View, Arkansas, participating in the annual ‘Off the Beaten Path Studio’ tour and teaching encaustic art at my mountain top studio but since the arrival of the Covid-19 virus those efforts have been put on hold. I’ve kept busy working on new encaustic techniques and experimenting with pigment mixtures and tinted shellac. There’s always a new encaustic discovery awaiting!

When not painting, writing or teaching, I love kayaking and antique shopping. I’m a huge animal lover and animal shelter volunteer, always reminding friends to be responsible pet owners by having their pets spayed or neutered.