The highlights of December’s show at Bella Vista Art is work that embraces layers — be they layers of paint or wax. Mainly portraits of women bathed in dramatic lighting and expression, August Hoerr aims to capture “the quiet intensity of a person in a room.” Though highly textural in their layers of paint, he chooses this process more as a way to avoid erasing, thereby embracing “the layering of changes.” Tif Dill’s imagery is far more abstracted. Distilling nature-inspired imagery and memories into simple shapes and colors encased in pigmented beeswax, she works in a medium known as encaustic. It naturally lends to creating layers, such as in “Crimson Days,” where thin etched lines and daubs of red as blooming trees literally sit on top of the implied landscape backdrop of blue and green rectangles. Bella Vista Art is located at 14 Lodge St. in Biltmore Village.