Encaustic (beeswax and damar resin) and mixed media paintings by Shari Lyon

I'm a entrepreneur, a business woman. I'm a creative 40's something mom and wife who finds myself in need of a reinvention from time to time! I found encaustics and immediately had to learn more about painting with melted beeswax. I wish you could be in the studio with me! It smells divine!

Becoming an encaustic artist has been a very round about journey for me. I started as a dancer, I loved to create through movement! Music filled my soul and I loved stirring emotions through my dance in others. But my body didn't support my love, and after multiple surgeries, my surgeon recommended that I set dancing aside for a while. It broke my heart, it was all I ever wanted to do.

So I reinvented myself for the first time. I found that I could be something else, something that I had never considered before, and I loved it! This phase of self discovery became a pattern. I loved to find new things and make them a part of who I am.

Then after years of visiting galleries with my hubby. I came across a encaustic piece that really moved me. It brought back all the emotions that dance used to. It stirred the need to create that had been dormant all these years. I had to learn. Again.

Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It's basically painting with a specific mixture of beeswax and damar resin. Painting with hot, melted wax. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings.

The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It's a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It's labor intensive, and there are many steps involved. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice.

I am mostly self taught, though over 20 years of being submersed in the world of art through managing my artist hubby's career, I have picked up a lot of knowledge along the way. My work is a creation in progress. I hope you will grow along with me and please, spread the word and let others know about my work!

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