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 embed elements such as vintage letters, keys, handmade paper, shells, sand and my own monoprints, Sometimes I use letter stamps to add thoughts or words to my work. 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.
Your painting will look cloudy/matte during the first year while the beeswax is curing. This is called blooming and is a natural process for encaustic paintings.
HOW DO I CARE FOR ENCAUSTIC ARTWORK?
Morning is the perfect time to dust or polish your painting with a soft, lint free cloth (micro-fiber cloth or old T-shirt work great) as the surface is cool.
To polish smooth surfaces, use small circular motions and light pressure. The more you polish, the shinier the surface will become. After a year, the shine will be permanent.
If your painting has textured areas or embedded items, only use a soft brush to dust. Polishing these paintings is not recommended.
If you like a matte finish on your painting, then only dusting is needed.
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.
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 DO I DISPLAY AN ENCAUSTIC PAINTING?
You can display your painting in many locations, but avoid any spot that receives direct sunlight, is above a fireplace or next to any extreme heat source.
While transporting, protect your painting by wrapping in wax paper and then bubble wrap. Also do not leave your painting in a sealed vehicle for prolonged periods of time due to heat/cold issues.
DO YOU TAKE COMMISSIONS?
Yes and no. Naturally each painting is a unique work of art and so while similar, no commissioned work will be identical to a previous painting. I will take note of the particular components within the painting that speaks to you (trees/shells/colours/etc.) and will create a new painting with these elements in mind. You will then 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.
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.