Painting with wax is magic. I use photos and drawings and I paint with liquid wax over them. I also use oils, oil sticks, engraving, and transfers of my photos. Encaustics allow me to work on old paintings which is really fun. I love the smell of wax, although it does require proper ventilation as it tends to trigger headaches and other harmful effects. I like making my own paints from wax, dammar resin and dry pigments. I love to see how the solid bloc melts and hardens in front of your eyes in seconds!
This painting is part of a group of trees I photographed last winter. The surface has drawings of trees that mingle and combine with the background photos. Wax makes the images look alive, like a pulsating cell. Some of these paintings were shown at The New Art Festival, Ottawa, 2012.