Contemporary Work in an Ancient Medium

Charlotte Cooper Encaustics

See my work at            

 Sparrow Gallery.

10th and R Street, Sacramento CA

I'm a metal artist who abandoned my anvil and forge for
a heated palette of melting beeswax and resin.

Paintings in encaustic… beeswax, tree resin and pigment.

It's an ancient medium, originating in the eastern Mediterranean and used by Greeks and Greco-Egyptians for painting statuary, funery portraits and icons. Some of the funery portraits have endured to the present. Painted in a melted state, it hardens to a shell-like finish. Virtually out of use for nearly 2000 years, it re-emerged in the mid-20th Century, as electricity made working
​with a melted medium practical. The work you will see is luminous, layered, sometimes ephemeral- and very, very sturdy, an ever growing joy and challenge.

Please contact me or fill out the form below if you are interested in a painting.
(916) 434-5378