Robin Howard is a Charleston mixed-media artist who has been working in encaustic, or pigmented beeswax, this year.
She melts wax on a heated palette then applies it to encaustic panels with special natural brushes called hake ("ha-kay), After each layer of wax is applied, she carefully fuses it to the one before with a heat gun.
Robin says most of her inspiration comes from nature.
"These photos are from a Sunday morning walk through Chicago's Old Town neighborhood this spring. I liked the way the pink flowers on the sidewalk looked against the whitewashed wall," she says.
Robin's body of work "Memories of Spring" (currently hanging at Art Mecca) was inspired by her Sunday morning walk. (We should also mention because they are made of beeswax, they smell really good, too.)
"I love working on 6" x 6" panels," Robin says. "You can just hang one, give it room to breathe, and it offers such a visual sense of peace. Or, you can hang several in a group or in a straight line down a hall or over a sofa for more energy and interest."
Robin's upcoming body of work "Capri" is inspired by the colors of southern Italy.
"These pieces are much more playful than the work I've done in the past. I'm really into simplifying life and enjoying the little things," she says.
Robin's 6" x 6" panels are $49 each and can be shipped. Learn more about Robin here.