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
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!”