Encaustic (with fire) uses beeswax which is made into a medium by melting and then combining Damar resin (crystallized tree sap), wax and pigment. Photographs are coated with four layers of clear wax with additional wax painted on the image to enhance both colour and texture. The wax is fused together with heat.
Over the past few years I have collaborated with visual artist Gary Kennedy in the exploration of photographic encaustics. Gary has spent many years exploring the blend of metals and encaustics. Intrigued with his work in cross media application I have worked with him to develop and apply encaustic techniques to my photographs.
Photographic encaustics has provided me with a new passion and challenge in the world of photographic interpretation.