The inspiration for this work comes from the tragic state our oceans face. Our mermaid who lives in the oceans and seas is literally blue or sad because of what has happened to her home.
She stays balanced in the feathered peacock yoga pose under the sea, poised, balanced, calm and centered waiting for humanity to awaken. Waiting for the mass of consciousness to realize the worth and respect the value of the oceans, the seas and all the waters of the world that are so precious to life on this planet.
Blue Mermaid is a reminder to be conscious of everything you put into the sea for you and for me.
The luster and finish is completely unique due to the encaustic finish. The bees wax and Damar resin are both delicate and durable. With care to keep away from extreme heat this encaustic work can last hundreds of years or longer.
Some of the oldest encaustic painting (thousands of years old) are from the Fayum mummy portraits and hang in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.
Do not leave encaustic art in hot cars on summer days where temperatures can exceed 150 degrees during transport or in direct sunlight. Think of your encaustic work like a child, a small pet or a decorative candle. Treat it with respect and care and it will last.
I paint with the encaustic medium at a temperature between 180-200 degrees. I use a heat gun with temperatures of over 800 degrees to burn every layer into the work.
Think of the encaustic finish as a heavy duty candle with an element of resin for strength and durability. The finish is uniquely exquisite.
California Mixed Media Artist