Encaustic Wax Painting (Firebrush Painting)

This technique of encaustic wax painting has been dated to as early as the fourth century B.C.  The artist uses wood as a substrate, a torch as a tool and beeswax mixed with materials such as shellac, graphite, tar, oil stick and metallic powders to create pieces of art.   Some of the artist's paintings contain 40 layers of wax. Although the wax may appear to be fragile, some encaustic paintings from A.D 100 - 125 survive today.