Zigzag Splash


Wave lines formed a zigzag as they met around this rock. The evening light added a bit of yellow-gold to the splash.


Kaiteriteri Sandy Bay Waters


The golden sand beneath the clear New Zealand waters on a perfectly sunny day provided a lovely color challenge for this encaustic.


Watery Blues


This is another in my series of 12″x12″ jetty watery encaustic paintings. These paintings are done from reference photos taken in nearly the same place on the Coquille River jetty. It is amazing how individual each painting is with the ever changing water movement, light and atmosphere as well the fluid encaustic painting process. In “Watery Blues,” I tried out my new R&F phthalo green pigment which gave a lovely intensity under the lighter aqua areas. It also mixed well with purple to make some lavender blues.

Watery Pastel


This view is from the cliffs at Coquille Point in Bandon, Oregon, looking down at the beach rocks as the tide comes in to submerge them. The elevated view flattens the waves somewhat and paints the ocean in pastel colors reflected from the layers of mist and clouds.



For this painting, I used a reference photo of a rusty plaque found on the beach that was lit up in the setting sun. I liked the glowing yellow/orange beneath the textured rust and corrosive blues. The painting took on an underwater seascape look as it developed.

Watery Froth Patterns


The deep aqua-green rise of the ocean contrasts with the froth patterns and splashes as the wave hits the jetty rocks.   I love how the titanium white, when heated, flows around and bubbles on the translucent encaustic colors to mimic wave action and froth.

Agitated Sea


This smaller, 6″x6″ painting is done with encaustic and oil pastels on watercolor paper. It started as a way to use up excess materials as I painted larger pieces, but it shortly took on a life of its own. It amazes me how many interesting painting effects can happen in such a small space with encaustics.

Wizard’s Hat


Sea and light splashed around the Wizard’s Hat repeating the stone’s triangular shape on the beach.  The Wizard’s Hat is a frequently photographed rock formation in Bandon, Oregon, and the ever changing coastal light and tides make each image unique.  Encaustic was a great medium to capture the seemingly liquid light as well as the dark textures of the rocks and beach.