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begins on a flat surface which becomes the canvas for an encaustic
bas relief. These sculptural wax drawings are created by manipulating
the qualities of encaustic wax. While the pigmented wax is hot
and in a liquid state I use painterly techniques to create a base.
Textural elements are formed by various methods. The dimensional
qualities, achieved by building up and carving away of the wax
, form highlights and shadows that create line, texture and space.
One method is to make impressions of flowers, leaves and other
elements found in nature and another is to drip and flow the melted
wax in to shapes. As the wax cools I sculpt the wax and carve
back into different areas to define the structure. Once the wax
hardens I etch back into the surface using various tools and techniques,
and then I apply oil pigments which are rubbed off leaving a subtle
linear quality on the surface. The effect creates a harmonious
yet sublime interpretation of natural themes and landscapes.