Artist's Materials

 

I use beeswax and raw pigments as my main materials.

Beeswax has a very high melting point: 64C (146F+)!

The durability of beeswax is legendary: it is impervious to moisture and because of this will not deteriorate, yellow or darken. Beeswax paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.

Beeswax is an excellent preservative of materials. The Greeks applied coatings of wax and resin to weatherproof their ships. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships.

The best known beeswax paintings date back to 1st and 2nd century AD. They were portraits painted by the Greeks in Egypt. Many of these paintings have survived to our own time and their colour has remained as fresh as any recently completed work.


Beeswax and pigments


Raw beeswax