This painting was made with encaustic (pigment-rich pharmaceutical-grade beeswax), oil stick and gold metallic pigment (powdered), through a process of fusing, carving into, fusing again (with a butane torch, heat gun and heat lamp), and repeatedly shaping the areas of color. What I enjoy most about painting this way is that I am using the same forces, in a very minor way, that shaped the features of deep space. Such imagery, newly available to us, inspires me, thus paintings like this resemble a tiny microcosm of some event in the cosmos. I use thermal energy, matter (the minerals in the pigment), air currents and the movement of wax from a liquid to a solid state. The details are so dense and so complex: it would be impossible to paint them in a conventional manner, and yet the whole makes a dynamic abstract that would illuminate any wall upon which it hung. Painted on cradled hardboard panel, 2 inches deep (24x24x2), this work comes ready to hang, signed and dated, and with a digital Certificate of Authenticity so that it can be registered securely and transferred upon resale. The primary colors are deep cobalt violet, copper, azure, and cadmium red. There's some pearlized white and striations of gold. This is truly a unique and dynamic painting, one that will reward years of looking.
encaustic paint, cradled basswood panel