Encaustic Paintings


In the fall of 2017 I began experimenting with heated beeswax mixed with colored pigments — a process called encaustic. When applied to my found scraps of wood, the wax quickly dries. I then apply heat with the use of a butane torch which causes the media to move and bubble thus creating dreamy landscapes of color. Control is relinquished, “mistakes” are embraced and beautiful ethereal paintings can emerge. The most rewarding aspect of this medium for me is that I can do it with my kids (I control the torch of course). Their excitement and involvement in the process is magic and inspires me further. Fusing motherhood with my artistry prevails in the art of encaustic which creates some kind of cheesy metaphor, but it’s true.