Rarely do I approach a piece with a preconceived endpoint in mind. To me, art making is a creative practice of exploration and play. I’m committed to carving out space in my life to show up and learn what it has to teach me about myself and my world.
Encaustic is a wonderfully versatile medium. I love the natural beauty of beeswax and the wide range of techniques that work with it. I’m drawn to the way encaustic painting engages my senses—the way that it looks, smells and feels. Encaustic painting is done in layers. It is a process of building up and scraping away to reveal what lies beneath the surface. Each layer of encaustic medium is fused using heat. Working with different fusing tools I can either maintain or eliminate texture.
Encaustic is my art partner. Often there’s an interesting call and response dynamic between what the wax chooses to do and my intention as I paint.
My recent body of work is imagined landscapes in which I explore the horizon line and texture. I’m also exploring the theme of the liminal space with abstract paintings.
The Artist: Ruth Maude
I’m the artist behind the popular All Things Encaustic blog. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of encaustic materials, techniques and tools and sharing what I’ve learned with other artists. Everything I learn pushes my creative journey in new directions.
I am one of the instructors teaching Encaustic workshops at the Hive, Alton Mill Art Centre, Caledon, Ontario.
I am a web designer/developer and instructor. I teach WordPress workshops in Toronto.