Encaustic Portraits & Sketches
My exploration of encaustic painting began in 2015 as a result of my past experience working with wax as a medium. I had practiced lost wax casting for twelve years when I designed and produced jewelry for my company Decamp Jewelry, where I sold jewelry both wholesale and retail through a store I operated in Palo Alto, CA. When I began encasutic painting I wanted to work with wax again and was intrigued by the process. For a time I focused on the Native American subject due to an interest in their story and aesthetic. As a child my family spent a brief time on a reservation in New Mexico and throughout my life we regularly attended pow wows at Stanford University. My work is out of reverence to the Native American cultures, their story, strength, adaptation an continuation within the American story (not without struggle). Today, I both paint directly in encaustic and I work with it in my mixed media work.
I happily accept commissions.