Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It's an ancient process of painting with a hot melted mixture of beeswax and damar resin. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings into my work.
The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It's a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It's labor intensive with many steps. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice.