Hanging Gardens of Venice

‚ÄčMy travels through Italy were a great source of inspiration for this piece. I captured the photographic image this piece begins with while visiting this amazing country. 

I fell in love with the beauty of Venice and wanted to bring dimension and texture into the image I captured on film to create a one of a piece work of art.

I collage in stone, rose petals and found objects along with the rich pigments for a unique finish brought about through by the encaustic medium.

This work is painted in the encaustic medium with stone and found objects. The digital photography is embedded as an underpainting. Encaustic painting is the final finish for this work on wood.

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.