Three thousand years ago, enterprising Greek shipbuilders pioneered the use of beeswax to caulk hulls. Adding pigment for color and resin for durability, they created a new artistic medium; the encaustic.
Although wax may seem a fragile material, encaustic paintings from A.D 100-125 survive today in the form of head and shoulder wax portraits set into mummy casings in Greco-Roman Egypt.
Working in wax offers me the flexibility and the capacity to incorporate media I love – photography, sculpture, painting and textiles. The encaustic process involves painting layers of wax prepared with damar resin, pigment, and applying heat. The wax cools quickly and often a layer of only a few brush strokes can be placed at a time. Between each layer, I use a blowtorch or heat gun to reheat the wax, smooth the surface and fuse a new layer to the one below – layer after layer after layer.
A finished encaustic will last a lifetime (it will melt at 160 degrees Fahrenheit) and a soft cloth can be used periodically to polish the piece and maintain its luster.
I have been working in Encaustic since 2010 with work selected for exhibition in the “2013 International Juried exhibition, “Fusion” in Santa Fe, NM. The “2011 International Encaustics Artists Exhibition, Oregon and publication in “Encaustic Masters Inspirational Voices”. Third Place in Juried show Wax Effects –Art Central Gallery San Luis Obispo.
I have been an artist for twenty five years and shown in various galleries and museums some of which include the Alaska State Museum System, UC Berkeley, Mills College, California College of Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Santa Fe New Mexico,
I hold a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and continue to seek out opportunities to learn and teach my craft.