“Guided by my heart, I paint with the natural elements of beeswax, pigments, and fire; allowing me to infuse the mesmerizing beauty of nature into my art.”
The technique I use is Encaustic painting, the ancient and alchemic art of painting with beeswax mixed with pigments and damar resin (a tree sap from Indonesia) fused by the flame of a torch.
This artwork, from the collection, Sanctum Strata is inspired by the sacred holiness held within the boundaries of our natural world. There is omnipresent Peace and aboundless Spirit beyond the appearance of an illusory horizon. The hard finite lines of perceived reality give way to the timeless flowing and eternal movement of Light and Life.
In my studio I experiment with the unpredictable and mercurial qualities of beeswax. It has taught me to treasure the imperfection and spontaneity of life. Allowing nature and my heart to guide me, I paint layer-by-layer. It is my meditation. Adding the elements, firing with the flame of a torch, watching the beeswax and pigment combine; adding, smoothing, and fusing, again and again until I see what I feel in my heart. Then I know the work is done. This artwork is an original encaustic painting by Shima Shanti completed in 2020.