Working in wax is therapeutic. Mixing, applying, texturizing, adding, taking away, and fusing, are all steps that create an elaborate dance, most often with spontaneous results. Because with encaustic I have to let go of some control, I am able to free myself of constraints in my original idea. Wax forces me to loose rigidity while connecting emotionally to the piece.
When I mix encaustic with photography, I am looking to break away from the conventional. Photography is sharp and sleek. Wax blurs and softens, adding an imperfect surface. Fusing the wax is an act of faith. It changes the chemistry of pigment, the quality of line, the focus… and therefore the intent of the original photographic imagery.