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Here are a few pieces from a series I just finished on War Memories. I made the original images at Fort Casey, on Whidbey Island. It is part of a circle of forts around the entrance to Puget Sound, originally built for defensive purposes but mainly used for housing and training soldiers in preparation for war and during wartimes. Most of these forts are now Washington State Parks and open for viewing.

I used the images to create photo encaustics, printing the photos on tissue paper and embedding them in a mixture of beeswax and damar resin, a tree sap. They are mounted on cradled boards and have many layers of wax giving them a three-dimensional feel. These pieces will be for sale at the Winthrop Gallery and the Confluence Gallery during the holiday shows.

I continue to work on photo encaustics this winter. Three of my new pieces are hanging in the new show – Shadow and Light – at The Confluence Gallery in Twisp. Photo encaustics are a combination of photos, beeswax and pigments. For this series I have been embedding the photo in the beeswax on a wooden substrate. I hope you have a chance to see this show in person.

Lately I’ve been working on some new photo encaustics and have been pretty happy with the results. What are photo encaustics? They are a combination of printed photos, beeswax, texture and pigments – a mixed-media alternative photo process. It’s a very tactile process compared to the many hours that I spend behind the computer processing digital files. I quite enjoy it. I have been using wood substrates – mostly lumber scraps and some cradled boards too. It’s  time consuming and fraught with all sorts of potential results and they are not always good. I have melted and scraped much wax off of my boards. And melted and brushed some more. The end results are often unexpected but always interesting. You can see some of these hanging at the Winthrop Gallery.

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