Working with heat guns, blow torches and molten wax is not for the faint hearted. Kim is attracted to this medium for its dimensional quality and luminous colour. It also keeps her close to nature.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax mixed with a tree resin, to which she adds coloured pigments. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface, usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are also used.Â This ancient technique from Egypt dates back to 100-300AD.
Kim tries to keep her imagery simple and timeless. Trees and birds are common subjects but she also specialises in a very unique style of portraiture that is layered into the wax and fused. The Encaustic medium encourages experimentation and playfulness, for it’s capacity to be layered and scraped back.