Steel Bliss - 60x10 inch encaustic multimedia on water stained steel
Evening Encore - 36x36x1.5 inch encaustic multimedia on cradled birch panel
Tangerine Sky - 58x42x2 inch encaustic multimedia on cradled birch panel
Sidewinder Storm - 66x48x2 inch encaustic multimedia on cradled birch panel
Golden - 120 (10 ft) x40x2 inch triptych on cradled birch panel
Cenote Reflect #2 - 78x28x1.5 inch encaustic multimedia on cradled birch panel
What is Encaustic Art?
Encaustic art is an ancient Greek process of melting beeswax, tree resin, and pigment, and brushing it quickly onto wood or steel. The medium is then reheated with torch or iron and can be shaped and layered from there.
I’m a German-Israeli-American artist living in Idaho. A visual arts graduate of UCSD, I’ve spent much of my career in the digital space, but when I discovered encaustic painting, I knew I’d found my medium. The endless possibilities for texture, layering, and depth of color fascinate me. And because of the material’s reflective, opalescent effect, I can achieve a visceral quality I find very satisfying.
My personal approach to the encaustic technique is to under paint the layers for added dimension. I use iridescent paints and crystalline powders that allow the shapes to catch light, glow, and shift with the sun. To add detail, I often apply oil pastel and/or silk ribbon. Whether the subject is land or seascape, people or animals, or color-driven abstracts, each piece is unique and somewhat experimental. A single work can take up to three weeks to create.
Most of my work is created on birch panel or raw steel, ready to hang.
Watch my process in action on Instagram @deborah.martell
Passing Storm 60 x 30 inches on birch panel
Anthro Deep Blue #1 24 x 30 inches on birch panel
Airplane Window #1 24 x 30 inches on birch panel
Caribbean Clouds 30 x 24 inches on birch panel
Magpie #2 12 x 18 inches on birch panel
Magpie #1 12 x 18 inches on birch panel