Artist Statement

I  paint in encaustic on paper, wood and stone. I also create encaustic monotypes on Washi Paper. My inspiration is drawn from my experiences in natural environments and my curiosity; fueled by a life of asking questions and reading philosophy.

Color, organic shapes, and a sense of the inherent spirituality of the natural world guide my art practice. 

My latest body of work: Monotypes: Watching the Soul at Play imagines what it would be like to watch the soul in it's natural state and explores my concept of what a soul looks like at play.

Wo Schiffman.    2018

Stratham, NH


phone:  603.770.6982

What is Encaustic Painting?

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.