Countless layers of encasutic, hot wax and resin paint, has been applied and fused with fire to make a permanent surface that can be touched and stroked. I scraped though some of the top layers to reveal underlying colors. A bit of copper leaf has been rubbed into the surface while still warm.
The energy moves upward toward the light. I feel that as a civilization our consciousness is slowing lifting from the darkness of ignorance and searching for compassion, Light and understanding. In this painting the darker colors are pushing upward through the energy of the middle section, toward the light
I make my paint from pure, filtered beeswax, tree resin and powdered pigments. This mixture is melted and worked hot on wood panels. Many layers of molten encaustic are painted and fused with a gas torch onto the surface of the paintings. This makes a painting that can never fade. The layers whisper their subtle messages. Like jazz, there is improvisation that can take work to a deeper, more subliminal state that can be meditative and musical.
The fluidity of the encaustic paint is challenging, exhilarating and exciting; making a painting that can be looked into as well as looked at. The layered luminosity is appealingly tactile, encouraging viewers to stroke and caress the surface, discovering the sensual experience of encaustic.
beeswax, tree resin, powdered pigments
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