I love to experiment with all kinds of art materials, but my favorite process is the one you see on this site: encaustigraphics, or e*graphics for short. The colors in this new material simply glow, and whether simply added to a window or hanging as luminous three dimensional sculpture, their beauty is magical to me.
For most of my artistic life, I created in 2-dimensional media: prints, drawings, collages and graphic design (you can see more of my work at my other site ekingdesign.com). When I moved “out of the frame” into working sculpturally, I realized I needed to consider how a piece was seen from all sides, and I began making what I called suspensions— hanging artworks named both for the way they are suspended in space and for “suspension of disbelief,” the act of faith that often seems necessary to both live and create. As my experiments with these new works evolved, I found myself moving again, this time from opacity to translucency, using materials and forms that allowed the transmission of light. This was how encaustigraphics was born: a marriage of paper, wax, color and light that offered the brilliance of stained glass, with only a fraction of the weight.
I’ve taught the process to enthusiastic students, and you can visit my Teaching page to learn a bit more; for other questions, email me at <encaustigraphics at gmail.com> (convert the “at” to the typical @ sign). Thanks for visiting!