Following the tempo of the wax, it always takes the lead. In liquid form I pick up the pace before it hardens, when it's cool, I learn to have patience and slow down.
Painting with wax is different than anything else out there! I don't just use paint brushes; I use blow torches, irons, and a heat gun to push the colors around and form movement. My pallette is filled with soup cans and tins that rest on a heated griddle, and I have sticks, picks, knives, and scrapers to mold the wax and carve detail.
Often referred to as very senual and luminescent, encaustic paintings can have a certain glow about them as light is able to bounce back between the multiple layers.
I create my encaustic medium by mixing beeswax with damar crystals which act as a hardener. Many of my colors are custom created mixtures of dry pigments to which I add to the clear medium.
One of the most important aspects of workiing with wax is that each layer must be fused together with heat and must be painted on a hard, porous surface. Unlike other mediums, it is never wet or dry, but simply either in a solid or liquid state and can be reworked indefinitely upon the application of heat.
The beauty of encaustic painting is that not only are you constantly moving forward, but you are able to go back and scrape away a layer of wax to reveal just a hint of color you laid before. And designs and patterns can be suspended in time as you create depth with the clear medium.
My wish is for viewers to take a closer look and notice all the intricate details and patterns that can emerge by the swirling and mixing of the wax and how it can mimic nature.