Encaustic is a Greek word meaning "to heat or burn in"(enkaustikos). Hot wax painting, a technique using heated beeswax and damar resin to which colored pigments are added and kept molten on a heated palette. The paint is applied to an absorbent, hard surface and fused with a heat gun or torch.
I am attracted to encaustic painting for its textures and luminosity. The technique can be one of unpredictability, as you are painting with fire and although you are guiding the flame, the flame has a power of its own. It has taught me patience, to expect the unexpected, and to flow with it. Knowing when to extinguish is an ongoing challenge.
My current body of work is a series of experimental process-driven studies using encaustic wax and various other mediums, engaging in a process of discovery
Pearl Wick, Photo Encaustic, 8x8, 2021
Somewhere Only We Know, Encaustic on cradled wood board, 12x12, 2021
Mir, Encaustic + mixed media on cradled wood board, 10x10, 2021
Green Gourd, Encaustic Vessel, 4_dia., 2021
Prussian Blue + Gold, Encaustic Vessel, 4_dia., 2021
Machnamh, Encaustic + watercolor ink on cradled wood board, 12x12, 2021