Heather lives and works at the beach in Southern California. Her work is created with one of the oldest mediums still in use today called encaustic which is made of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos) and can be traced back to portraits painted in 100-300 A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt.
Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax to fusing the layers of wax. Working with molten wax and a torch she creates pieces that have depth and movement which are inspired by her surroundings at the beach and her past as a professional dancer. Heather went to the University of Southern California for her BFA but discovered her passion for encaustic at Otis College for Art and Design.
Her privately owned works are in Japan, China, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, and throughout the United States.
Statement: My work is very intuitive by nature and painting with encaustic allows me to explore this even more. As I work, I build up and fuse layer upon layer of molten wax. As it begins to harden, I scrape, tear, carve into, mold and burn down these layers to reveal underlying compositions that are excavated by this tactual process. There is something about encaustic that entices me completely. I love the depth, supple feel and sculptural qualities of encaustic. Not to mention that I am painting with a blow torch! The process is utterly captivating. There are so many possibilities with encaustic and so much more to explore.