Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Learn More Than Just A Technique

The last two students in the intro to encaustic were excited to learn the technique and push their creative boundaries. The workshop was originally scheduled for 5 people, but due to last minute cancelations, Robyn and Debbi had a semi-private workshop and could explore many techniques

Monday, May 20, 2019

Dates for Encaustic Workshops

Now that I have finished my 13months of creating my latest encaustic and mixed media abstracts, "The Lightness of Being",  I am looking forward to meeting new students and adding friends into my life.
I am happy to announce that I look forward to teaching regular encaustic workshops and sharing dozens of techniques that you probably wouldn't learn from other encaustic workshops since I have been working in this medium for over 20 years and I share everything I know.

will start each day with a demo that can show you how to use mark marking, stenciling and oil glazes, and more, not just basic application of the hot wax. You will learn how to apply and fuse collaged layers, and discover the magic of creating with a gas torch. (If you really are timid about fire, there are heat guns available).
Learn how to use transparency to allow softening and pushing back strong colors. You will have up to 5 boards to work on so you can try different techniques. Everything is supplied.
No experience is necessary. will work with beginners and developing artists alike. Included in the workshops is the history of encaustic, safety in the studio, how to make your own paint and the basic technique of encaustic painting.
All classes are 10 am to 4 pm, with a break for lunch and conversation.
Special arrangements for other dates can be made if you have 3 or more people interested in a workshop. Private classes are available.

Dates of workshops:
June 17 & 18, full
 July 15 & 16, full
August 19 & full
September 12 & 13 full
November 11th & 12th & 13, room for 1 more.
Dec.12 & 13.
Jan, 2020 16 & 17
Feb. 10 & 11 full
March 9 & 10 full
​April 20 & 21

$100 deposit required upon registration. Contact me at and I will send you an invoice by PayPal .Private workshop:6 hours of individual attention: These are tailored to your needs; anything you want to learn and focus on. I am specializing in private classes, because so much can be accomplished.  You can take a cab ( taxis are inexpensive in San Miguel) or drive. Directions on my website;

One day private workshop; $275 plus $40 materials fee 10 am to 4pm
Two day private workshop,; $550 $60 material fee

​deposit of $100 required.

Two person One day workshop, $165 plus $30 materials fee​ 10 am to 4pm

THESE GROUP CLASSES ARE INTENDED FOR AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE. If you have 3 or more people interested, I will plan around your schedule.


One Day Workshops: $125 USD plus $25 materials fee 10 am to 4pm

Two Day Workshops: $250 USD plus $40 materials fee 10am to 4 pm

Three Day Intensive: $350 USD plus $60 materials fee. 10 am to 4 pm

A deposit of $100 required at registration. The remainder of the fee can be paid the first day of class, in pesos at the exchange rate of the day, or a U.S. check

Day 1 & 2 of the encaustic workshop will cover all the basics, including information about how to make paint, about the commercial paints and their applications, about supports, grounds and techniques: paint application, fusing, glazing, inscribing and mixed media approaches, safety, materials, demos of applying paint, glazing, fusing, How to get that smooth surface! Introducing mixed media, creating lines and texture.. I will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language for each student. I will talk (and demo) how to create glaze layers, as well as some special techniques like inscribing. You will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers.

I give participants a thorough introduction to the encaustic medium method. Artists with backgrounds in almost any medium will find these workshops are an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. Some who attend have some familiarity with encaustic, others don't, but want to expand their artistic experience. This mix of artists adds to the learning experience and often inspires all to try new techniques.

In the advanced classes, we focus on surfacing, embedding, transparencies, glazing and hot pen, image transfers, India ink mark making and more. We will explore combining oil and encaustic and dipping. You should have several finished paintings after the workshops.

I will supply all the materials, encaustic paint. brushes, support panels, electric tools, scrapers and propane torches, as well as showing how you can make your own paints and set up your own encaustic studio.

If you want to bring some things to collage you can. Old drawings or prints or photographs can combine with encaustic, but the paper must be porous and not glossy or coated. Encaustic works with almost anything but acrylic or plastics.

Experiment with all the materials and create your own finished encaustic paintings in class.

The workshops are held in my home studio from 10 a.m. to  4p.m. each day. This allows the participants hundreds of examples of my encaustic painting over the last 14 years, including "what not to do!"

Cancellations 2 weeks before workshop will receive a full refund. 1 week before, 30% will be refunded. No deposit refunds after that.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Encaustic classes to fit your schedule

I don't post encaustic workshop dates anymore, but I like to work with your schedule, and if you find you would rather have the luxury of one-on-one instruction or have just friends or  family that want instruction - I offer private instruction. I have been painting with encaustic/wax for over 20 years. No experience is necessary and all the materials are provided. You will leave with at least one or two pieces of finished encaustic art.

Below are examples of advanced encaustic. I have all the tools. and materials for you to take your work to the advanced stage.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Advanced Encaustic Techniques

When a student signs up for private classes, there is no telling what an interesting encaustic adventure we will have because so much can be experienced in a one to one class.

Norleen is an artist who has worked mainly in watercolor and acrylic so encaustic was a new experience. She picked up using the torch quickly and was not looking to make an encaustic painting to hang on her wall. She wanted to experience as many techniques as possible in two days.

Using oil sticks to add shading to the encaustic

conquering the gas torch

Bringing up the underneath layers applying more heat

Norleen experienced many techniques in the 4 encaustic panels she created.

Group classes are fun, particularly when a person is open to in-put from others in the workshop.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Online encaustic workshops

11 different classes . it is like standing next to me in the studio while I demonstrate and explain how to take your encaustic painting to a new level.
Working with a hot pen and layers is just one of the videos.

How to paint portraits in encaustic

You can watch these videos over and over.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A New Year and a New Encaustic Direction

As many many of us do at the beginning of a new year, I have reviewed my feelings about my art and teaching.

It has been over 20 years that I have been working in encaustic and experimenting with techniques and I have had countless wonderful students in my workshops; and have formed lasting friendships with some of them.

 I realize at this point in my long life even though I do love to share everything I know about working in encaustic with other serious artists, I am more interested in working with private students. I can work shoulder to shoulder with artists, giving the entire focus of my experience on whatever they want to learn and create.

So, if you want an intensive experience in advanced encaustic techniques and using encaustic in mixed media, let's arrange 2 or 3 days working together in my studio, where I have all the tools at my finger tips.

This does not mean that I will not happily give introductory classes, but I will not post scheduled dates; instead,  offer you the opportunity to arrange your own group of friends at the dates that are convenient for you.

Contact me to set up your private time with me.

Check out the new works:

encaustic and oil

encaustic, ink wash, transfer

watercolor, ink, transfers, rice paper

it delights me to share everything I know about painting in encaustic

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

None Of My Students Make The Same Painting

I have been looking through my photo albums of student work over the last 13 years that I have been teaching the encaustic technique in San Miguel. The images reinforce my dedication to teach not only the technique, but inspire each student to explore their own inspiration and creativity. My studio is loaded with everything one would want to expand their experience of what encaustic painting can produce.
   Here are some example of work that was produced in just the introductory workshop.

There are hundreds more, but this sampling shows my mission to help others create their own visions.

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