Once upon a time (actually eleven years ago), I met some friends who kept honey bees. At the time I thought it was exotic, a bit intriguing. Now, a little over a decade later, I am helping them with their hives and hope to have a few of my own by this time next year. So how did I go from curious bystander to committed bee lover? Through encaustic painting - a medium I began to work with approximately four years ago. As an artist I had worked in many mediums, including photography and various mixed media, but when I was introduced to encaustic painting it was love at first brush. Was it the lovely transparency, the rich colors or the luscious texture? Maybe all three. Whatever it was, I was hooked.
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