you have questions. i have answers.
WHAT IS YOUR ARTWORK MADE OF?
My work is comprised of many layers of encaustic medium (see below). These layers are often translucent and allow the previous layers to inform and enrich the succeeding ones. Often I incorporate elements such as handmade papers, shells, sand and my own monoprints. I also use oil paint sticks to highlight my mark-making.
WHAT IS ENCAUSTIC MEDIUM?
Encaustic painting is a two-thousand-year-old art form involving the use of heated beeswax and damar resin (a tree sap) to which colored pigments are added. The damar resin helps the beeswax harden.
HOW DO I CARE FOR ENCAUSTIC ARTWORK?
For a glossy finish on smooth surfaces, occasionally polish during the first year, after which the gloss will be permanent. Use a soft, micro-fiber-type cloth or soft old T-shirt and make small circular motions with light pressure. If you prefer a matte finish or have textured areas, simply dust with a soft brush.
Extreme heat can cause softening (above 160° F/72° C ). Extreme cold (below freezing) can cause cracking and separation from the panel surface.
HOW DURABLE IS MY ENCAUSTIC PAINTING?
Your painting is extremely durable and should not be varnished or framed under glass. Like most works of art, if handled roughly or dropped, it can scratch, chip or crack.
HOW DO I DISPLAY MY ENCAUSTIC PAINTING?
You can display your painting in many locations, but avoid direct sunlight, above a fireplace or next to any extreme heat source.
Your painting can be stored or shipped by first wrapping it in waxed paper (such as used in baking) and then in bubble wrap (bubbles facing outward). Don’t leave your painting in a sealed vehicle for prolonged periods of time due to the possibility of excessive heat/cold.
DO YOU TAKE COMMISSIONS?
Yes and no. When I create a commissioned painting for you, I'll make note of the particular elements (colors/shapes/subject) that appeal to you and will then create a painting with this in mind. You'll be given the first right of refusal on the finished painting with no pressure to purchase. If you don't love it and decide not to purchase, the painting will be offered for sale on my website or sent to one of my galleries.
DO YOU TEACH?
No, I don't. There are many wonderful teachers and in-person workshops (the best way to learn, I think) available around the country. They're also many online resources available which you can find by searching encaustic workshops, training or instruction.
I do enjoy helping other artists, and I'm always happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to contact me, and if I can't help, I'll direct you to some great resources where you can hopefully find more information.