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.