USM Presidential Suite - CODAworx

USM Presidential Suite

Submitted by Annie Darling

Client: University of Southern Maine

Location: Portland, ME, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $4,800

Project Team


Annie Darling

Annie Darling Art


Glenn Cummings, President, USM

University of Southern Maine


These framed pieces were created using the encaustic medium on panel. The technique involves dripping and spreading hot wax on the panel then fusing the layers of wax together with a hot iron. Multiple layers of color create a rich texture that evokes elements found in nature.


This university is located just blocks from the ocean. The vision for the project was to create an environment that reflected the natural landscape of Maine and evoked the feeling of the nearby ocean and woodland forests.


The first step of the process was to view the space and determine what pieces might work best based on color, dimension and content. I chose these particular encaustic pieces because of their deep color and texture, as both represented the beauty and ruggedness of the Maine coast.

Additional Information

Because there were varying wall colors in the University's Presidential Suite, I selected pieces that I felt coordinated best with the interior flooring and wall colors.