After decades as a successful graphic designer and marketing communications director in the

mad-paced Southern California business landscape,

I turned my attention to fine art. I moved to the Central

American country of Panama and I now live on the side

of a volcano in the midst of lush jungle textures and colors.

I am influenced heavily by my local surroundings. As a painter in the contemporary and abstract style, I am also a process artist. I invite people to experience the process of the work: to see every stroke, every mark,

​every color choice, every line.

Process, materiality and physicality is what speaks to me.

​As an “experiential artist”, I currently choose to work in both the encaustic and the cold wax/oil paint mediums.

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Encaustic is hot beeswax melted with resin and color pigments to form the paint. I apply many layers of the hot, molten paint on a wood support, fusing each layer to the underlying one with a torch or heat gun. This produces a painting that can never fade, since the colors are permanently locked in the wax/resin. Encaustic is fluid, which allows my message to subtly change as I'm creating it. The luminosity of the medium allows for a painting with many layers, evoking many stories and inviting touch. Viewers are much more involved with a painting that can be touched as well as visually enjoying the sensual experience of encaustic.

Pellets of beeswax are mixed with natural solvents to create a "mayonnaise-like" consistency. This cold wax is then mixed by the artist with pigments to achieve a cake frosting-type of consistency. It's fun, sensual and joyous!

The cold wax/oil paint process allows for more time to to explore, change and complete my message. Because its drying time is longer, I am allowed the freedom to try new techniques, to develop new directions. Both encaustic and cold wax mediums take me on elaborate, colorful journeys.

The below sample page was provided compliments of Robyn Cole


Cold Wax

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