by Ardis harsche
Ardis Harsche is a classic portrait artist, painter in oils and speicalizes in Encaustic , a wax medium that is applied and melted into the canvas.
She has been Inspired by the Ancient Cave Dwellers and their expression of life in their time in pictographs on cave walls. As you observe the artwork, the animals come forward the longer you look, life in the paleolithic time becomes animated.
Some of Ardis Harsche's works are featured on this site in her Gallery pages and for more information about the artist, her biography follows and you will find out how to commission an Encaustic painting.
Ardis Harsche's studio is located in historic Clarkdale, Arizona where many of her paintings are available for viewing. Free commission consultations and showings can be arranged by appointment.
Please Call or Text Ardis at 928.202.7580
What is Encaustic Art?
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a porous surface—usually natural wood, though raw canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, and for a higher melting point and allows the wax to cure and harden.
Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use a limited amount of oil paints or other forms of pigment. Palette knives and natural hair brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface.
Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allowing artists to adhere each layer to the previous layer using different colors, etc.
Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere them to the surface. Small pieces of colored rocks, gemstones, or sand can be sprinkled on top and lightly heated to sink into the last layer.
"I never painted before I began classes with Ardis...She respected my own way of painting and taught me the techniques of light and mixing color. Two years later, I'm so proud of what I'm able to do.
Ardis Harsche's classes are designed for the student who understands the fundamentals of oil painting but wants to enhance their skills and creativity in the style of their choice."