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Each piece is available in all four sizes listed below, and is a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted creation and part of a limited edition. No one piece is a duplicate of the other. The photographic image used to create the art will be limited to the quantity in a given size. For example, the image used in Steps To The Water will only be used to create up to 15 photo encaustic pieces in the 12x12 size. Once 15 12x12 pieces are sold, Steps To The Water will no longer be available in that particular size.

Editions per size:
30x30: 3
24x24: 5
16x16: 10
12x12: 15
8x8: 25
Pieces are created on cradled wood panels, finished with clean, sealed edges, and signed and dated on the back. They are ready to hang and intended for frameless display. Do not display or store encaustic work behind glass.


Encaustic art is extremely archival, however care should be taken with your fine art purchase. Normal household conditions will have no adverse effect on the piece, but avoid hanging a painting in an area that gets direct sun exposure (both because of the temperature issues and the damage sunlight causes to art). Care should also be taken to avoid freezing temperatures.

The encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) tends to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. Occasionally, you may gently buff the piece with a soft cloth or paper towel to remove the haziness and bring out the luminosity of the wax, or you may enjoy the subtle changes of the work as the wax hardens and cures for up to 3 years.

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in”. Encaustic painting was practiced by the ancient Greeks to weatherproof their ships. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships. The wax is composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is melted and applied to a porous surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The paint can be built up, layer after layer, and the wax gives the finished piece a rich, lustrous, almost 3-dimensional effect.