I primarily paint with molten, pigmented beeswax, an ancient art known as Encaustic painting. Because of their translucent appearance viewers often think my paintings are tile, glass, or porcelain, or they ask if they are oil paintings with wax brushed over the top of an underpainting, but none of these is the case.
To explain further, artists working with wax have a wide variety of techniques, and there is no right or wrong, just different methods. My Encaustic method does not include mixed media, nor is there any underneath painting. I paint entirely with brushes and layers of molten beeswax, using a propane torch to fuse each new layer into the underneath layers. Although I do paint landscapes and florals, I lean toward painting faces and figures. I am intrigued with using the molten wax and propane torch to get facial details even though the molten wax moves as I work with it and the process is challenging.
After some years of pursuing a career not related to art I am now in an especially peaceful and fulfilled state doing what I believe I was ultimately meant to do. My paintings were awarded Best of Show blue ribbons in the previous 2 Lake Area Artists Shows in 2019 and 2022.