Painting over my photographs with wax medium brings me deep into an image. Melting down, dry brushing and carving allows me to examine the beauty and emotion of the land, its seasons and atmospheres, while enhancing the textural properties of the terrain. Encaustic helps seal in the intrinsic qualities of an image and elevates the piece to a state of timelessness. 

Encaustic medium is a mixture of beeswax and dammar resin, a sap from a tree in the East Indies. The word “encaustics” means, “to burn in”. The Greeks first developed the process in the 5th Century and artwork from the era still exists today - virtually unchanged! Its durability is due in large part to the preservative qualities of the wax. Photographic encaustics are a relatively new spin on this ancient technique. 

Nadia Alenov of St. Paul, Minnesota, is an encaustic photographer. She received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her influences include Andrew Wyeth, Isaac Levitan, Kiki Smith, Vincent Van Gogh and Ansel Adams.