Encaustic Painting
Encaustic painting is taken from the Greek meaning "to enfuse." Encaustics are made up of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is melted, then fused to the surface.

The ancient Greeks used beeswax to caulk joints and waterproof the hulls of their ships. Homer, circa 800 B.C., notes painted warships sailing into Troy. The Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, writing in the 1st century A.D. notes various artists, such as Praxiteles using encaustics. In Greco-Roman Egypt, from 100 B.C. to A.D. 200, head and shoulder wax portraits were set in mummy casings designed to transport bodies of the deceased into the afterworld. The Fayum portraits from this period are often pictured in art books. Jasper Johns, Diego Riviera, Arthur Dove among others used encaustics in their work. Johns continues to use them.

For my work, encaustics are an ideal companion. I can layer and work at and into the surface. The Inuit, with whom I have an affinity, reveal their art through carving away the excess stone to reveal what is hidden inside. I attempt to do the same through application and removal of the excess to reveal the essence.



Karma and Karmic Actions
24" X 24"
Encaustic on Wood Panel