Robert Dodge

I am inspired by the inherent beauty of the materials I use: encaustic*, handmade papers, oil paints, pastels, tar, wood, tealeaves – whatever is available in my studio. Encaustic is very translucent, resulting in unusual visual depth and luminosity. The encaustic paints I use are richly pigmented, resulting in vivid, saturated colors. Handmade papers offer a wide variety of colors and textures that tend to have an organic feel and absorb paint readily. Encaustic saturates paper, rendering it translucent, depending on the paper’s thickness. Oil paints, which I use combined with wax in a stick form, have a silky richness. They are as color saturated as encaustic paints, and more easily blended. Pastels lend a soft matte finish and subtle color. Patching tar has a rough texture and deep black color that drinks up the light. Wood has lovely organic grain patterns and lends dimension. Tealeaves are another source of organic texture and color.

"Interlocking Ochres" - handmade paper, tealeaves, encaustic medium, wooden matchsticks
"Interlocking Ochres" - handmade paper, tealeaves, encaustic medium, wooden matchsticks
"Interlocking Ochres" - handmade paper, tealeaves, encaustic medium, wooden matchsticks