Encaustic Paintings by Ruth Maude

About my art

My art is abstract, mixed media, encaustic.

For me, making art is exploration and play. I try to abandon preconceived outcomes and instead experience the process. Encaustic can be smooth as glass or deeply ridged and sculptural. I’m currently exploring texture and the horizon line in my work.

About Encaustic

Encaustic is the name for both a wax painting medium and a painting process that uses heat to apply and fuse the medium.

Encaustic painting dates back thousands of years. The name Encaustic comes from the Greek enkaustikos which literally means “to heat” or “to burn”.  Heat is used at every stage of the encaustic painting process. Pigmented, melted wax is applied, and is then fused with hot tools such as an iron, a blow torch or a heat gun

Learn about encaustic painting on my blog.