Encaustic painting is the process of using heat to fuse together layers of pigmented natural beeswax. As the layers are built up, various techniques such as carving, embedding, and mixed media applications can be added to the wax to create texture and imagery. Heat guns, blow torches, and hot irons are used to fuse together the layers, so it really is like painting with beeswax, heat, & fire!
Encaustic painting is rare, but very old and one of the most archival mediums there is.
I am taking a much needed break from in person classes. While I do plan on resuming teaching in the future, I have no immediate plans at this time.
I may not be teaching in person any longer, but online is still an option!. Unlimited access to all content for $18 month. Cancel anytime.
I began my career as an artist in my late 20's while working for a Restorative Justice non-profit. My role was to assist women as they made the difficult transition from Federal Prison to the community. I ran a weekly social recreational based program inside of the prison that had a strong arts component. It was through this roundabout way that I was introduced to encaustic painting. The moment I dipped my paintbrush into that first pot of wax, I knew that my life was about to change. My love for encaustic painting has only grown since then and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to paint and teach throughout the province.
In addition to working with women in prison, I have worked with at-risk youth, and have done planning and facilitation for adults with developmental differences. I hold a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and English, with a minor in Psychology from St. Thomas University. I have a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grabel University College as well as a Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front Line Workers from the Hinks-Dellcrest Institute. I am trained in Peacemaking Circles and in Person-Centered Planning (PATH & MAPS)
After many wonderful years working and teaching out of The Hive Encaustic Studio, located in Caledon ON, I am currently working from home in Elgin County ON.
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