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To me, art-making is a creative practice of exploration and play. I’m committed to carving out space in my life to show up and learn what it has to teach me about myself and my world.

Encaustic is a wonderfully versatile medium. I love the natural beauty of beeswax and the wide range of techniques that work with it. I’m drawn to the way encaustic painting engages my senses—the way that it looks, smells and feels. Encaustic painting is done in layers. It is a process of building up and scraping away to reveal what lies beneath the surface. Each layer of encaustic medium is fused using heat. Working with different fusing tools I can either maintain or eliminate texture.

This new body of work celebrates the sculptural qualities inherent in wax. I’m creating works that are at once painting and sculpture— pushing the limits of the medium to build up texture with depth and dimension while using colour and patterning to emphasize the brushstrokes.

Ruth Maude

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