Encaustic derives from the Greek word, 'Enkaustikos', meaning to burn in. Beeswax and damar resin are melted together and combined with pigments to create encaustic paint. This paint is applied hot and manipulated with a direct heat source. Encaustic is one of the most durable of all artists' paints, since wax is impervious to moisture and the colours do not fade.
Alexandra Reid is an encaustic artist who lives in the scenic Cordova Bay area in Victoria, British Columbia. She is active in her local art scene by exhibiting in juried artists’ shows and ‘Art in the Park’ events in the Greater Victoria Area.