This bio was written initially in 2005 when I exhibited in my first Art Walk. I remain a self-taught artist and a creative and imaginative person. Over the last 16 years, I have taken lessons and workshops experimenting in many mediums: oil, watercolor, acrylic, gauche, oil pastels and most recently encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using a heated medium of beeswax and damar resin. Colored pigments are added to medium and then this molten wax is painted or poured on prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are sometimes used. Many layers of wax are applied to the surface and each layer much be fused to the previous layer by a heat gun or torch. There are so many different effects and textures one can achieve with wax: smooth, rough, collage, inlay, impasto-the possibilities are endless.