What is encaustic painting?

Encaustic paintings are images created with melted wax. Some artists use a small iron to apply the coloured wax, such as Phil Madley who produces stunning graphical abstracts. Other encaustic artists, like myself, will layer molten wax that has been combined with resin and fuse these layers together to create paintings. I prefer this method as it yields a wonderful range of possibilities, from realistic and representational through to impressionistic and abstract.

Do you teach encaustic painting?

Yes. I have taught encaustic painting in both group workshops such as those I led at the National Maritime Museum and individually on a one-to-one basis. I also teach advanced techniques in workshops run by other artists. If you are interested in taking a workshop with me please contact me through this site.

Why use wax in paintings?

Wax has a wonderful textural translucency. By building up an image in layers I can create a feeling of depth to the painting and incorporate as much or as little texture as I want. If I want to I can create relief pieces such as these below which were shown in Espacio Gallery. Plus it smells fabulous!

Myriads of Tiny Architects-a series in encaustic relief

Do the paintings ever melt?

Encaustic paintings are surprisingly resilient to melting. If the wax is combined with resin the melting temperature can be around 71C/160F upwards. They should not melt in the standard temperatures of your home or office.

I’ve got an encaustic painting – how do I care for it?

Encaustic paintings can be treated pretty much like any other pieces of fine art. So I avoid direct sunlight which can cause fading in all media for instance. I present mine on braced panels and they are not varnished or glazed. I use a very soft large make-up brush to remove any dust along with a soft lint free cloth to gently buff the painting.