Encaustic is very process-intensive. I work with molten beeswax mixed with damar resin which is the element that raises the temperature of the paint and adds durability and luster. I work layer by layer, each uniquely individual to the previous in the way I add pigment or create marks in the wax surface with various tools. I use the torch like most painter's use their brush to maneuver and manipulate the wax until it's where I want it to be before going on to the next layer. Sometimes scraping back, sometimes adding more wax or color, it's a gamble on whether to sacrifice that layer for the next. These conditions encourage me to take chances, to push the work, to embrace the accident as core to the final expression in my paintings.