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Melanie Williams

Mel uses the ancient Greek art form of encaustic and sometimes mixed media.  

“My medium of choice is encaustic wax I use hot and cold tools to create unique work.   Hot wax, fire and pigments is magical. I find painting with wax has so many dimensions - individual layers of medium can be translucent and shiny or rugged and gnarled.  I so enjoy the complexity of this medium.”  

Melanie sets down layers of pure beeswax, damar resin  and pigments to create texture and a weave of wax.  Melanie says  “When I wield the blow torch over the wax I am totally absorbed by the process.  The wax  flows organically in mysterious ways and I am inspired and excited by the unpredictability of the results.  Its alchemy with fire!” 




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