THE PROCESS: ENCAUSTIC ART
PHOTO: My hives in front of an 18th century barn.
THE PROCESS: Encaustic is derived from a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and resin to fusing the layers of wax. A 100% organic mixture of natural bees wax and darmar resin (crystallized tree sap), the medium can be used alone
for its transparency or adhesive qualities. Pigments oils are then added to enhance
the opacity and color. Photo Encaustic is the addition of a photograph that is fused into the medium. I fuse several layers over the photograph and then paint with
pigment oils. The addition of stencils, collage and sculpting in the warm wax are additional affects that I incorporate to texturize the piece.