More about Sue
Sue Fazio’s journey as a painter has carried her
through “the dramas of raising six children, earning a
doctorate in education (from Florida Atlantic
University), a dozen moves, and marriage to THE golf
course architect Tom (34 years and counting).”
Painting is how her passion meets the world, Fazio
Fazio began using encaustic(*) in January 2009,
when she attended a class offered in Jupiter, Florida.
Of that experience, she says, “My first smell of the
medium turned on all of my senses. I have ‘waxed’
every day since. The medium fascinates me
because it mirrors my personality. I love bright colors.
I love soft edges. I love the spontaneity of the
Encaustic is a centuries-old medium used by artists
as early as the first century A.D. A portrait of a
woman, Isidora, painted in 100 A.D., hangs in the J.
Paul Getty Museum. Several encaustic portraits from
80 AD are held in the collections of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
More recently, Jasper Johns began the contemporary
encaustic practice using beeswax, damar crystal,
linseed oil and dried pigments. In the nineties, use of
encaustic among artists increased exponentially, as
documented by two important exhibitions:
“Contemporary Uses of Wax and Encaustic” at the
Palo Alto Cultural Center in 1992, and “Waxing Poetic:
Encaustic Art in America” at the Montclair Art Museum
in New Jersey in 1999.
Encaustic does not melt until the temperature
reaches 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Like most art,
encaustic can be damaged by sharp instruments.
Surface scratches, however, can easily be repaired by