In April, artist Cynthia Dunn-Selph will be demonstrating encaustic techniques at the ACAA meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 7PM at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.
Encaustic art uses beeswax mixed with damar resin and pigment, and this mixture is applied to a surface. Cynthia will be demonstrating the hot wax technique, heating the wax, and painting it on a surface. When applied in layers, the finished work shows a wonderful depth of color, and Cynthia says, “everyone I know wants to touch it”. Because the wax immediately melts into the surface, encaustic is also a wonderful media for mixed media art works, and Cynthia will show how to combine it with photographs and 3 dimensional items for unique effects. The demonstration will show how to use hot wax, but encaustic also includes a cold wax technique, and samples of both hot and cold applications will be shared at the demo.
Cynthia is a life-long artist who recently moved to Pine Grove from the Phoenix, AZ area, where was an active member of the fine arts community. Raised in an artistic family, (her father was a graphic designer, her mother a woodworker) Cynthia’s childhood dream of “being an artist” has flourished throughout her life. Always fascinated by being able to use “little bits of everything”, she found her passion in mixed media, and also in photography. Her encaustic explorations began about 2 years ago, when she discovered that combining encaustic with photography allowed her to create something totally unique. “There is nothing like encaustic,” she says. “I love it. It is a very versatile medium, and creates unique art. Nothing else looks like encaustic. “
For more information on the ACAA, visit AmadorCountyArtists.org