The inspiration for my art comes from life and emotional connections – an encounter, a moment captured or a glimpse of something undefined. I love to translate these things into created works that speak to the heart of a viewer.
I use my photographs as the background and inspiration for my paintings.
For horse paintings, my commissions include a custom photoshoot so we may capture the perfect image for your encaustic art. For abstract pieces, I require a site visit or Zoom video call to review your space and gather inspiration.
Encaustic painting, or painting with fire and wax, is a painting and preservation technique attributed to Egypt's Greco-Roman period. The term encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means heat, fuse, or burn-in. Encaustic painting uses layers of pigments mixed with damar resin (tree sap) and beeswax.
My process for encaustic photography pieces starts with laying one of my photos down and then painting over it with a medium that is a mixture of damar resin and beeswax, I then add colored or tinted wax on top of the clear wax.
For abstract pieces I start with several layers of clear wax medium, then I add colored wax on top. Each layer is fused together with heat, like a blow torch, a heat gun or an iron. Once it is cooled, I can scrape to add textures before adding more layers of heated wax or other materials like oil paint, pastels, charcoal, or blend in different papers that absorb into the wax to create a collage.