Origins & Encaustic Definition
The word "Encaustic" is originally a Greek word enkaustikos that means to "to heat or to burn in." When an artist creates Encaustic art, they use heat throughout the process. The heating process itself usually includes melting beeswax and varnish and fusing together the wax layers.
The act of creating Encaustic art itself involves using using molten wax as a creative medium as the artist crafts their work. In today's modern times, the artist usually uses electricity to melt the wax in a controlled temperature environment.
Types of Paintings
Julia Fosson thoroughly enjoys the process of painting, experimenting with colors, layers, and textures, creating
multi-layered colors on magnificent backgrounds. Today, Julia paints abstract flower paintings, abstract landscape paintings and even large abstract wall art. Her signature work includes unexpected subject matter (such as a chair, a simple house structure or a tree) and witty, well-chosen titles. Her artwork, she says, “becomes a visual story, a feeling, a statement or an emotion.”
How They're Presented
Encaustic paintings, unlike other works of art, don’t need to be framed. Unframed, they bring their brilliant immediacy closer to the appreciative eye. It’s an ancient technique resurrected for modern purposes.
Julia Fosson's Work
Originally an oil painter, Julia Fosson fell in love with Encaustic art when she was introduced to it in 2003. Julia describes Encaustic art as the "beauty of the wax." She loves creating multiple layers, often hidden, within the background of a work. Julia loves painting every day. She loves creating art and expressing herself with her pieces. She loves telling the story visually with her work.