Encaustic painting is an art form that fuses a photograph with beeswax, paint pigment and liquid resin to transform normal photos into tactile works of art. The technique is very old, dating back to the ancient Greeks who used encaustic painting to create portraits.
Waxworks, a franchise by Philadelphia photographer Susan Beard, brings this ancient art form into the present and offers professional and amateur photographers the opportunity to provide their clients with a piece of fine art that merges encaustic painting and photography.
Waxworks is currently exhibiting at the on-going 2007 Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) trade show, March 24-29, in Las Vegas. Samples are on display at their Booth 613, where details of this business opportunity are also available. There is a gallery of photos at their website, but one has to view the works personally to truly appreciate their tactile beauty.
The art pieces are mainly the creation of encaustic painter Leah MacDonald who has perfected merging photography, beeswax, and oil painting to create stunning works of art.