Janice Hofman

Nanaimo, BC

Janice, the daughter of John Hofman, expresses herself in the medium of encaustic, which is another word for pigmented beeswax.

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Hofman is an encaustic artist. She paints her pieces with a heated substance made from beeswax, tree resin crystals and coloured pigments. She said it’s not the kind of art to have on display in a hot car on a summer’s day.

I do acrylics and abstract mixed-media as well, but the wax, there’s just something that’s comforting about it for me, and a bit experimental.

Each piece requires multiple layers of the encaustic wax paint and each layer is fused to the block using a blowtorch. Once the base is complete Hofman can then carve into the paint or embed mixed-media, like handmade papers, gold leaf, stamps or drawings, directly into the wax.

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