La'Nelle Gambrell, studied studio arts at College of the Desert Arts in Palm Desert, California and graphic design at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. She also studied privately for two years with the well known Texas sculptor, Ellsworth Handy. As the owner of La'Nelle Gambrell Advertising/Art and later Artemis Film and Graphics, (Corpus Christi, Texas and Houston, Texas) La'Nelle has won numerous awards, including several Best of Show awards for her corporate design, various film/graphic projects, set design and paintings.
"I've been an artist all my life, but only discovered encaustics, now a passion, some six years ago after moving to Mountain View, Arkansas." She has put away her previous mediums and has now devoted her entire studio to perhaps the oldest know art form, the ancient art of the Egyptians of the Fayum Valley. Her expertise in the medium sometimes references recognizable forms, sometimes not but always. There is the depth, brilliancy and translucency that can only be achieved with flame and molten bees wax. La’Nelle is a member of International Encaustic Artists , and the Encaustic Art Institute in Cerritos, New Mexico .