Encaustic Painting

Encaustic Painting is the “Bees Knees”

What is it about encaustic technique? There isn’t “one thing” that appeals to me about encaustic painting, it’s more like I love “EVERYTHING” about it. I love the texture, rough or smooth. I love the diversity in what you can produce with encaustic– from large format paintings, like this one by Betsy Eby, to works on paper, like these by Paula Roland, or these textile based sculptures by Cari Hernandez. I love the idea of incorporating natural ingredients like beeswax, damar resin and pigments found right here on earth into art. I love the idea of creating “sustainable art” with the possibility of growing my own wax, if my beekeeping endeavor is successful.

I started painting at the age of 4. On Saturdays while all my friends were playing outside, I was inside Janet Saltzman’s studio learning how to paint, draw and sculpt. Later in life I went to MICA, and studied graphic design and art history. Fast forward a few (read 20) years, I was inspired to paint with encaustic when I saw Tony Scherman’s work.

My favorite encaustic artists also include: Martin Kline, Kevin Frank  and Eric Blum

Encaustic Painting 101 Series

Encaustic Tutorials 
Online Classes
Monotype DVD
Encaustic Educational DVD
Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility
Encaustic and Paper DVD
The Encaustic Studio 


2 Responses to Encaustic Painting

  1. Anna Braden says:

    Kara, who made the outdoor bras—those are great. Thank you, Anna

    • kbart says:

      Hi Anna, I made the bra series, they were shot outdoors, but they are indoor art! Please let me know if you are interested in any of them. They are made from encaustic and fiber. Thank you for your inquiry.


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