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.
Yup! I teach encaustic painting to all levels, ages, and abilities, and can customize a workshop to meet your needs. Encaustic painting is often enjoyed most by people who think they aren't artistic at all!
I am so excited to now be carrying encaustic supplies! You will find everything from pigment sticks to irons, as well as mixed media supplies that pair perfectly with encaustics. New items being added all the time so check back often.
Located in the historic Alton Mill Arts Centre (Caledon, ON), The Hive Encaustic Studio is a vibrant community space in which to play and develop your creative process. I also carry a large selection of hand picked encaustic supplies.
There is so much to check out in the area, so why not make a full day, or even a weekend out of it! Enjoy hundreds of kilometres of spectacular hiking trails, explore unique shops, visit an on-farm market, sip award winning fruit wine and cider, or enjoy a flight at GoodLot Farmstead Brewing. Looking for the perfect girls day? Indulge in high tea or relax in the hot springs at The Millcroft Inn and Spa.
The studio is closed again due to provincial lockdown measures. Encaustic supplies can be ordered online or directly through me and shipped to you, or you can make an appointment for curbside pick-up. I look forward to re-opening again as soon as it is safe to do so.
Video Tutorial - Watercolour Painting!
Video Tutorial - Stencils and Pan Pastels
Video Tutorial - Glazes & Washes
Video Tutorial - Torch Time
Using Repetition in Encaustic Painting
Video Tutorial - Encaustic & India Ink
and SO MUCH MORE!
R&F pigment Sticks
R&F Encaustic Paint Cakes
Gamblin Cold Wax
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)
My true passion is community building and program development with a focus on inclusion, accessibility, and capacity building. I am always open to hearing your ideas on new partnerships and looking for ways to engage with the community. Please feel welcome to come and visit me at my studio, The Hive.
In addition to The Hive, my encaustic work can be found at The Georgian Artisan Shop (Thornbury) and Hamel Brooms (St. Jacobs), I am also a lover of all things local, handcrafted, and interesting. I love meeting other artists and craftspeople, sampling local cuisine and craft beer, and exploring breweries, wineries, shops, studios, and galleries!