Discovering Encaustic Wax Painting
Tracy started her painting career with acrylics, then eventually found herself in the world of photography. Enjoying the image making of photography but missing the textural hands-on experience of painting, she began searching for something more.
That's when she discovered the world of encaustics. Not only is encaustic a fun word, but it is also an intriguing way to bridge the gap between photography and painting.
Not all of Tracy's works are photo encaustic, as she also has found that encaustic painting provides a fascinating way to create rich abstracts with many layers and textures. Her paintings often have 12 - 15 layers of wax to create depth and interest.
The wax tells her which direction it wants to go. It has it's own energy. Painting with wax is a dance between exhaustion and exhilaration, changing from moment to moment, until magic happens and a uniquely original masterpiece is born.