"The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live." 

- Auguste Rodin



Abstract and photo encaustic original artworks with multiple layers of wax to create depth and visual interest.



Textural acrylic original artworks are available for purchase today on Etsy!

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Tracy will work closely with you to create a commissioned piece that is uniquely yours.


What is Encaustic?

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Encaustic Art

Encaustic artists like Tracy Somerville use beeswax, damar resin and pigment along with oils, watercolours, photographs and collage materials to create images that seem to float off the surface.  

Encaustic art has been around since ancient Greek civilization. The word encaustic is derived from the Greek word for “burn into.” It refers to the process of heating pigment, natural wax and damar resin (crystallized tree sap) onto wood or canvas.



These paintings are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 65 degrees Celsius (or 150 degrees Fahrenheit). Leaving a painting in a car on a hot day or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun is not be advisable. 

Some encaustic colours tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If your painting appears cloudy, simply rub the surface with a soft lint-free cloth or nylon stocking.  Over time, the surface will retain its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.

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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.

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