Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to attach them to the surface.
Encaustic paints allow me to build layers of color, creating an ethereal quality. The fluidity of the medium captures the energy of my motion through the paint. I paint using air, pushing and pulling the colored wax with a hot air gun. These paintings are inspired by the sea, earth and sky, which evoke a calm, peaceful mood. I try to capture a moment of time, a snapshot of the natural world.