Encaustic is an exciting medium that uses hot wax and paint to produce images. The result is dramatic, as layers of translucent wax create dimension, texture and depth. Colours are pure and true, shining through the wax for a truly impactful effect. Wax can be applied in a smooth or textured way and has unlimited possibilities.

My curiosity led me to Heather Gentleman, who teaches encaustic at the Distillery. She introduced me to this fascinating medium, and over the past four years, we have developed a unique relationship. Heather is a calm and patient guide, and I now regard her as a friend and teacher – not only as an artist, but as a woman. She is a true original, always creative and innovative, a sensitive and nurturing soul.

I have a love/hate relationship with encaustic, but it challenges me – and I enjoy that.