Deborah Martell

What is Encaustic Art?

Encaustic art is an ancient Greek process of melting beeswax, tree resin, and pigment, and brushing it quickly onto wood or steel. The medium is then reheated with torch or iron and can be shaped and layered from there.

  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
Artist Bio

I’m a German-Israeli-American artist living in Idaho. A visual arts graduate of UCSD, I’ve spent much of my career in the digital space, but when I discovered encaustic painting, I knew I’d found my medium. The endless possibilities for texture, layering, and depth of color fascinate me. And because of the material’s reflective, opalescent effect, I can achieve a visceral quality I find very satisfying. 

My approach

My personal approach to the encaustic technique is to under paint the layers for added dimension. I use iridescent paints and crystalline powders that allow the shapes to catch light, glow, and shift with the sun. To add detail, I often apply oil pastel and/or silk ribbon. Whether the subject is land or seascape, people or animals, or color-driven abstracts, each piece is unique and somewhat experimental. 

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