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Genie Rognier

The term encaustic is derived from the Greek phrase meaning “to burn in”.  This technique dates back to the 5th century, but recently contemporary artists have rediscovered the encaustic technique and it has become more recognized as an art medium. The luminous enamel-like finish can be polished to a gloss with a soft cloth or simply left alone for a matte finish.


Encaustic painting allows me to create fluidity, translucency, and textural qualities in my work. I view nature as an ever-changing process, therefore, my art is an attempt to create realistic and interpretative images using color, line, shapes and simulated motion to emulate nature and form.

Working in encaustic involves heating a mixture composed of beeswax, pigment and damar resin. This medium is kept molten on a heated palate and is applied to the prepared wood surface in layers. A heat gun or propane torch is necessary in order to fuse between the layers of paint.

The layering process allows me to incorporate a mixed media concept; sometimes using paper, ink, pigment sticks, pigment powder, photo transfers, and impasto. I scrape and scratch with incising tools, and create texture by manipulating the surface. One can see through the different layers, indicating the passage of time.

Art has been for me a “work in progress”. Encaustic empowers me to begin with a concept and frees me to allow for change as I go through the process. Recently, I have used my photography to create positive and negative imagery to incorporate into my layering.

In some of my work, I use Asian hardware as part of the finishing process to create “doors” of vision. Incorporating Asian elements reflect my passion, heredity, and upbringing with my love of nature.