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Terry Burkes Fine Art Painting

A Tour of 1 Encaustic Painting (close up)...

What You Don't See #1
From the series "What You Don't See" 2006-7

The landscape of the psyche and emotions, is as vast and complex as that of the natural environment. For those who have history and cultural ties to a particular place, walking through it resonates differently than for a tourist. It's not uncommon in SE Asia to see what looks like a nondescript rock, wrapped in silk and revered with incense, prayers and flowers. Later, we learn that it was the last remaining toe of an ancient Buddha statue, and that many died tragically nearby.

It's the depth of associations and feelings that go beyond physical seeing, that I attempted to subtly portray through this metaphoric landscape. I intuitively integrated subliminal symbols, and reflections of temples and trees that no longer exist except in the hearts and psyches of locals.

About encaustic paintings...

Encaustic painting is traditionally a mixture of melted beeswax, tree resin, and dry pigments. It was developed by the ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used hot wax to fill the cracks in their ships. Soon pigment (color) was added and this led to painting on the surface of the waxed hull: an art form was born. There are beautiful examples of encaustic paintings over 2000 years old. It's much sturdier and more archival than many art mediums because it won't milder. With the addition of tree sap (damar resin), it doesn't melt until around 180-200°F (82-93° C).