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 encorporate 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, polish occasionally for approximately one year, after which the gloss will be permanent. Use a soft, micro-fiber type cloth and make small circular motions with light pressure.
If you prefer a matte finish or have textured areas, simply dust with a soft brush.
Your painting is extremely durable and should not be varnished or framed under glass. Your painting should not be varnished or framed under glass. Like most works of art, if handled roughly or dropped, it can scratch, chip or crack.
Extreme heat can cause softening and melting (above 160° F/72° C. ) Extreme cold (below freezing) can cause cracking and separation from the panel surface.
HOW DURABLE IS AN ENCAUSTIC PAINTING?
Your painting is extremely durable and doesn't need to be varnished nor protected by glass. However, it can still be scratched, gouged, or chipped if handled roughly.
Your painting should not be varnished or framed under glass. Avoid temperatures above 160° F or below freezing.
HOW DO I DISPLAY AN 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 cooking) and then in bubble wrap (bubbles facing out ward). 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 will make note of the particular components (colours/type of trees/shells/etc.) that appeal to you, and will then create a painting with these elements in mind. You will be given first right of refusal on the artwork with no pressure to purchase. By creating this way, if you simply decide you don't love it, the piece easily fits into my current work and will be offered to someone else or my galleries.
DO YOU TEACH?
No, I do not teach encaustic. There are wonderful teachers and in-person workshops available around the country (the best way to learn, I think). 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.