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In 2002, Walton started experimenting with beeswax, which she believes is the ultimate “vehicle” of expression for her work. One cool fact is that painting with beeswax is a technique that dates all the way back to approximately 500 A.D., meaning that it predates even oil painting!
“Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to create,” says the renowned encaustic painter. Although Walton primarily focuses on her experiences and the expression of nature in her work, her work prior to a series is also quite interesting.
“Before I start, I have to clear my mind,” she says, and then added, “I create 2x2 foot modulos so that I can figuratively leave the room and simply set the intention for my work.”
Now a professor in Iowa State University’s Design College, Walton primarily instructs painting classes. “If I can give any advice to my students, it is that if something isn’t working, attack it,” she says.
To watch Barb’s own unique process, you can visit her during the Studio Tour in October, where she will be doing some demonstrations of encaustic painting and how it works as a medium.
Learn more about Barb Walton, her work, and the Ames Area Studio Tour by visiting our website, here.