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.
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 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 one at a time. Between each layer, I use a blow torch or heat gun to reheat the wax, smooth the surface and infuse a new layer to the one below- layer after layer, after layer.
A finished piece 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. Its always an experiment, highly toxic and extremely challenging at times, but the outcome is always exciting!! I hope you enjoy my work as I continue to study and learn new techniques.