Encaustic Portfolio

Encaustic Works

Encaustic, also known as hot wax painting, is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, who used wax to caulk ship hulls. The name means “to burn in” as heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap) to fusing the layers of wax, to burning the shellac (casings from the lac bug) to add delicate organic shapes. When used over photographic prints, it produces a beautiful, luminous, archival surface eliminating the need to put glass between the piece and the viewer.