"I prefer to do just whatever ideas come to me, and either somebody will fall in love with it or they won't," Benenati said, laughing.
Benenati is a
Encaustic painting, as Benenati describes it, involves "painting" with a mixture of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. The mixture is applied molten to a rigid surface and then fused or re-melted to create a variety of effects. Electric hot plates, irons, hot air guns and flame torches all can be used in the process.
It is a technique that was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the fifth century B.C., but is presently experiencing a revival on the international and local scene.
"There's an artist by the name of
Benenati herself became interested in the medium five years ago after seeing an exhibit of encaustic paintings during the
Finding the process "really addictive," she abandoned the traditional mediums she'd been dabbling in, such as acrylic, oil painting and watercolor, and decided to focus only on encaustic painting. In the last four years, she's accumulated more than 300 paintings and sold nearly half of that.
"I plan to do encaustic painting till the day I die," said Benenati.
What she loves most about encaustic painting is that it is quick and "forgiving," she said. Unlike other art techniques, mistakes can easily be mended. But it can be an expensive art. Boards and hot plates are pricey, and Benenati said she has yet to make a profit from the sale of her paintings.
As quick as the actual painting can be, the entire process takes anywhere from a few days to months to create a piece from concept to finish. Benenati sells her work in stores across the
Her exhibit at the
For more information about Benenati or to see a collection of her work, visit her website at instamatique.com/lindab.
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