ABOUT THE PHOTO-ENCAUSTIC PAINTING PROCESS
I begin with photographs of abstracted details from the world around me. The photographs are printed using archival paper and ink, then I mount them on cradled birch plywood frames. I also paint and draw directly on the photograph before I begin to apply the layers of hot wax. I embed the photograph with the encaustic medium and use the layers of hot wax to fuse collage elements into the image. The wax and layering gives a translucent effect. I employ a number of printmaking techniques to the final surface; for example, etching and scarring of the surface with rubbed in pigments and image transfers.