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From Photo to Photo Encaustic

In my previous blog post I mentioned a talk I gave last week to a group of people looking to pursue art, writing, and other creative practices after retiring from “regular” jobs. Several of the participants expressed interest in what the my images looked like before becoming encaustic paintings so I thought I’d post a few examples.


This leaf is actually a solar print made during a printmaking class a few years ago. I scanned the print and made a few minor changes in Photoshop, including making it a bit more contrasty and truly black and white.


(Encaustic work is always best seen in person. It’s got fabulous texture, luminosity, and dimension that just doesn’t show up in a photograph or on a screen.)

This piece is called “Rescue Work.” I won an honorable mention with it at the Dayton Visual Arts Center last year!


Here are a couple more before-and-after examples:



I took this photo on a trip to Uluru in Australia. I was blown away by the clear blue sky and the red sand. Visiting Uluru and the Red Centre was an unbelievable experience.


This piece is one of the first encaustic experiments I ever tried. During an encaustic workshop with my friend Felicia Touhey, she suggested incorporating collage elements into our encaustic paintings. I found some bark paper at the craft store and had a go at recreating the photo.



Transforming photographs and prints into encaustic paintings can be a lot of fun! The possibilities are endless.

‘Rescue Work’: My Photo Encaustic Piece for the DVAC Members’ Show


The 2013 Dayton Visual Arts Center‘s annual members’ show is coming up. This year Dayton is celebrating  the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood. The theme of this year’s show at the DVAC is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

I found several photographs taken at the time of the flood and decided to turn them into encaustic works.

I printed the photograph on Hosho paper and adhered it to a 5 x 7 Ampersand Clayboard. I put four layers of clear encaustic medium over the photograph, fusing and buffing the surface between each layer. I added color to various areas of the encaustic using watercolor crayons and then added a couple more (very thin) layers of encaustic medium.

After the piece cooled, I attached it to the matboard and put it in the distressed yellow frame. Using my hand, I gave it another gentle buffing to bring out the luster and shine.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s interpretation of “Water, Water Everywhere.” The show opens on Friday, July 12, and closes on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Dayton Visual Arts Center

118 N. Jefferson Street, Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 224-3822

The DVAC’s hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

Now Showing at the Dayton Visual Arts Center


I returned to Arlington on Wednesday after a little over a week in Dayton, Ohio. I was born and raised in Dayton, and my family and my in-laws are there.

I made the trip back home to visit family and enter a photo in the Dayton Visual Arts Center‘s annual members’ show. I’ve been a member for a couple of years, but this is the first time I’ve submitted any work. The theme of the show is “No Borders,” and the photo triptych above is my entry.

The three photos that make up the triptych are from the “Perception” series. They’re small — 5 x 5 inches each — and are printed on aluminum. They’ve got a glasslike surface that I love because I photographed the images through layers of glass.

The members’ show opening reception is on Friday, July 15, 2012, from 5 to 8 pm. The show closes on Saturday, August 18, 2012.

The DVAC’s hours are 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. The space is located at 118 North Jefferson Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. For more information, call 937-224-3822.

Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.