About Encaustic

Encaustic paint is 100% pure beeswax and damar resin with added pigments. 

An ancient Egyptian technique, the famous Fayum Mummy Portraits, created 1st Century A.D., were placed over a mummy as a memorial, and had impressive details of realistic facial features. Many of the Fayums have survived to today, and their color is still fresh and beautiful. The durability of encaustic is because beeswax is impervious to moisture. So they do not deteriorate, yellow, or darken.

Painting with hotwax requires heating it to 180-200F, and then heat-fusing to your substrate using a hot gun, blow torch or an iron.

There are countless ways to explore an artistic style of one's own, whether you are interested in abstract, landscape, figure/portrait, or working with photography and mixed media. I was a public and private school educator for eight years and it gives me great pleasure to share my passion for encaustic with others! 





UPDATE- my January workshop has sold out and has been postponed due to COVID. Tentative reschedule date is March 5/6. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please use registration form below. Thank you!


January 22 & 23, 2022  (Saturday + optional Sunday)

Saturday Workshop-- Jan 22 10-4pm $125, materials included

Sunday Open Studio-- Jan 23 10-4pm $100



Demo's, play, then create! I will demonstrate transfers, stencils, collage, mark-making, mixed media, and heat fusing. Next, students play! Experiment with techniques and materials. Try Pan pastels, R&F pigment sticks and more. After lunch you begin your project. Most students complete 1-2 paintings. I provide 3-4 wood panels and practice boards. (NOTE-I use an easy, fast photo transfer method and I will print your photos on my transfer paper for you.) Workshop is for beginner-intermediate.


Sunday is for those who wish to continue working and for more 1:1 instruction. I will also cover portrait or monotypes, upon request. Please email/call me to let me know if you are interested. Portrait & monotype have a supply list, small fee for larger panels. 

Location: River Arts Studio, 8329 Sawyer Brown Rd, Nashville, TN 37221. Bring lunch or pickup at pub next door. 

COVID Protocols: Attendees must be vaccinated. There will be 2 persons per table and we will share hotplates. Class size is limited to 10 people. 

REGISTER    submit form + make payment 


I also offer individual and small groups, 2-3 people in my studio. Email me to arrange a time.


am a teaching artist for R&F Paints and for the International Encaustic Artists Association.

Link to see various techniques that I teach

Helpful Links/Resources:

R&F Paints TEACHING ARTISTS   -listed by STATE


SAFETY   ventilation, proper temperatures, etc. This links to R&F's RESOURCES page. 




How to care for an encaustic painting

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