Encaustic Mixed Media Paintings by Ruth Maude

Have you ever seen such a perfect day? | Encaustic | 16" x 16" by Ruth Maude
Have you ever seen such a perfect day? | Encaustic | 16″ x 16″ by Ruth Maude

My art is mixed media, encaustic. I paint with molten beeswax pigmented with oil paints.

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

Encaustic can be smooth as glass or deeply ridged and sculptural.

My recent work has focused on the horizon line and texture, currently, I’m moving toward abstraction exploring the theme of liminal space.

Learn about encaustic painting on my blog.