Encaustic means to burn. The Greeks used to use it to
caulk the hulls of their ships. The Egyptians resurrected the craft to render
exquisite portraits and decorate mummies.
Shelley Wuitchik uses it to tell a story…an early
morning dog walk may transpire into layers of Japanese maple leaves, coffee
beans, and arbutus bark onto a canvas of pigment infused beeswax.
Shelley believes her art
mirrors her life. Rich, colorful, layered. Shelley loves encaustic it for its’
immediacy and deliberateness. Yet it remains malleable and forgiving, just like
the people (and dog) in her life.