Encaustic is a beeswax-base paint that is kept molten on a heated palette. Once painted onto a surface, it must be reheated to fuse each layer of color into a uniform enamel-like finish. The word encaustic comes from the Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Encaustic is the most durable artists’ paint since beeswax is impervious to moisture. In fact, if desired encaustic paintings may be buffed with a soft cloth to heighten the shine. Mine are image-based, which is unusual for this medium. Since the wax is melted and spreads, it is a challenge to keep the subjects––animals, vistas, interiors, gardens, and even the figure––in a recognizable state.