Encaustic Art


I am inspired by cloud formations with sun and sky reflections. I have discovered that the melting, shifting encaustic process can mimic the fluidity of cloud formations, the luminescence of the sky and the reflections on water. 

My process starts by painting the background colors and clouds with acrylic on a gesso prepared birch panel. I then paint multiple layers of encaustic (pigmented beeswax and resin) to create depth of colors and shapes to create the image or landscape. Each layer is fused and manipulated with a hot air gun or hot iron. I use opalescent and metallic layers in or under the wax pigment with oil pastel accents. Each piece is somewhat experimental and always unique.

I am a lifetime artist and have been a graphic designer/Art Director for over 25 years. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Communication/Visual Arts Degree then earned an Associate of Arts degree in Digital Publication at UCSD as well. I discovered encaustic painting and have embraced this medium for its layering texture and color depth. I was born in Germany, raised in New Jersey and San Diego. I work in my art studio in Idaho.

Thank you for your interest in my art work. Most of my work is created on a 1  5/8 - 2 inch  deep birch panel, ready to hang without framing or you can choose to have it framed. Please contact me below for pricing or to inquire about a custom painting. Please request a quote for shipping.

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Deborah Martell Art

(208) 249-1013