“Encaustic painting is painting with wax. It’s a centuries-old technique and you have my permission to touch the art.”
Hello. My name is Michele — with one L — and I’ve always been pretty clear about that one L. I am a graphic designer and an encaustic artist. I find that the two paths intertwine pretty nicely and can’t imagine not doing both. Encaustic painting enchanted me from the first time I saw it and was told I could touch it (really!). I took a number of classes and, over time, developed my own whimsical style, voice and palette. Encaustic medium, without pigment, is translucent and playing with translucency in layers or hiding and revealing is very interesting. Encaustic medium with pigment can range from very glazy to very opaque, which then ends up looking downright luscious. All of this, along with the wonderful smell of beeswax, is what has me hooked on this art form. Not only did I take a number of encaustic classes from amazing teachers, I also was an encaustic assistant with Victoria Eubanks at the Art Students League of Denver up until the pandemic (and at the same time, I moved into my own encaustic studio, so good timing!). Five years of assisting with hundreds of students was invaluable to my own career as well. We all explored and learned together. I now teach at Outside the Box Studio (Littleton, CO) so the exploration continues.
Examples of My Work
My very first radio commercial was recorded when I was 2-years-old.
I read a lot of books. My record is 97 in 2021.
I might be allergic to bee stings, but haven’t put it to the test since a really bad reaction to bee pollen a number of years ago.
I also knit, but rarely finish anything.
I went to five different grade schools. Hated it then, love the life skills now.