Encaustic Arts Magazine SPRING 2017 - Page 95

In addition to dirt and clay, I also grind up rocks and minerals I find. I’ve been a rock collector since elementary school, so the search is especially fun! A blueish-colored shale that I found near Battleship Rock in the Jemez Mountains becomes a green-grey when added to the wax. Mica, gathered from Ojo Caliente, NM, doesn’t grind up finely, but I can sprinkle the glitter-sized pieces into warm wax or use larger pieces of it. I also incorporate ash and charcoal from fires I’ve built. Because the ash is so fine, it usually takes 5-10 layers to achieve the desired results. Gathering the materials myself or receiving them as gifts, of course, gives the process and the work additional meaning for me. Horseback riding is a favorite activity of mine, and I’ve discovered that horsehair creates a beautiful, delicate line when added to the wax. The mica mine at Ojo Caliente is one of the most magical places I’ve visited in New Mexico, and I love that that unique mineral has also found a place in my work. A dear friend recently gave me a small box of azurite pebbles that he received as a gift during a Native American ceremony by a woman who uses stones for healing and balancing. G &VB@6gFVBFRW&FRGW&2FVW&6&VR6RV&VFFVBvFW"g&VB&V6VFǐvfRR6R7G&G2b'6V"g&FRFbW"&VfVBFW'FVB'6RG&W"v26RbFRV6W2&V6R&VƗV&W2b6V7V"6'BbFW6RFW&2W7V6ǒvFFRF'BB6FV&V6R'BbFRv&F&VvFR6R&6W76W2FBfR6VBW"V'F( GF&VvFRW&rb6VFVB67&r6'frBVFrWfV2ג7GVFגv&vRvFFPF"Vf"fVFFBFRW&7bFRf&6W2bGW&RFR7VW"B0gFVFBFR7&rFvGBFRvFW"gFVW7BB76&RF&Pv&r'WB&GFƖrFRVVVG2vRBFW2g'W7G&Fr6FW2RFFVWW WfVvV7&VFrגv&