Original Art in Encaustic & Ink
"Wo Schiffman's ethereal paintings are painted in encaustics -- oil pigments embedded in hot beeswax and damar resin. Her paintings, inspired by dreams, landscapes, the ocean and the desert are fluid, rich and full of color"
- Debbie Kane, Art New England Magazine (Contemporary Art and Culture) May/June 2018
I paint in encaustic on paper, wood and stone. My inspiration is drawn from my experiences in natural environments.
Color saturation, an expressionistic painting style and a sense of the inherent spirituality of the natural world guide my art practice. I purposely present a world without human figures; though the effects of humanity are apparent in many of my pieces.
The majority of my work is completed in my hand built studio here in Stratham, NH. The average piece has over 20 layers of wax and takes between 2-6 months to complete & cure.
Wo Schiffman. 2018
Encaustic painting is a painting technique that uses heated beeswax, tree resin (damar) and pigments to paint (or print) on porous surfaces such as wood, stone, paper and animal hides.
It dates back over 2,000 years and has been used by the Egyptians on Sarcophagi and temple paintings; the Greeks and Romans on stone, ceramics and animal hide surfaces and eventually moved into Europe as a way of creating archival paintings on wood and paper (the hot beeswax, tree resin and pigments last much longer than oils, tempura and other types of painting.)
In the past century, several famous painters used encaustics: Jasper Johns (Monotypes), Diego Rivera (murals), WassilyKandinsky, etc. With the availability of new materials encaustics is enjoying a resurgence in the international painting community.