Encaustic painting uses melted beeswax and damar resin along with colored pigments to create works of art. The wax is heated to about 93C and is brushed or poured onto a prepared surface such as wood or special encaustic surface. The wax can be mixed with pigment or applied over the top of pigment. Multiple layers are applied with fusing (heating the wax in-between each layer) resulting in a dimensional appearing work. Other materials such as paper or 3 dimensional objects can be “encased” in the painting and fused between layers of wax or mounted to the top layer of the project. The wax can be carved into to create textures and highlight focal points of the painting. Encaustic art is one of the oldest art forms having dates of found works of around 100-300 AD of Egyptian origin.
As an artist of the western landscape, who works in oils and pastels, Bonnie finds the rich pigments of pastel, oil and encaustic allows her to create paintings that have the brilliance and the bold color we see in the West. These mediums give her unlimited options to create the images representational of the colors, depth and texture inherent in this physical earth. Bonnie’s love of the landscape prompts her to paint it, and she look for a story to tell when she paints. Her goal is to create art into which the viewer can step into, finding and experiencing their own story. If that happens, then she has done her job. Although she works out of her Crooked Creek Art Studio in southwestern Idaho, plein air painting leads her across the western US. These journeys also allow her to share her knowledge of pastel and multimedia in workshops, offered both on location and in her studio. For more info about Griffith and her work, please see the following sites: www.bonniegriffith.com, Instagram: @Bonniezahngriffith and Facebook: Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist.