Artist Statement

Captivated is the word that most adequately describes the whirlwind of emotions that takes place when I begin painting using the encaustic method. The process of melting wax with fire illuminates my curiosity. This ancient art form is bold, revealing and totally unique.  I hope the art I create will entice all who view it to explore the depth and layers of my work.

Artist Bio

Jodie Stejer is an Encaustic artist: applying a fired torch to fuse together beeswax, resin, pigments and shellac to create abstracts inspired by her emotions within.

Jodie moved from her hometown of Corvallis, Oregon to play volleyball and attend Whitworth University. After college she married her husband John, had two kids and worked as an Interior Designer for over 20 years. Oil and acrylic painting had always been a hobby, but upon becoming an “empty nester” Jodie knew she wanted to pursue Encaustic art full time. For her first art class ever, Jodie spent five private days learning this ancient medium by training with Alicia Tormey in Seattle, Washington.

Jodie then moved into a studio in Sandpoint, Idaho (her family’s second home for 15 years). Layer by layer, letting the aesthetics take place, she allows the stories of her world to reveal themselves.  It’s the most vulnerable way for Jodie to communicate to her audience.

Encaustic painting has become a passion which Jodie quickly decided to pour into. She’s deeply fascinated with the movement of wax, the process of developing encaustic skills and also learning from the artist community.

History of Encaustic

Greek (enkaustikos)

"To Burn In"

Encaustic painting is a technique developed by Greek ship builders who used hot wax to patch holes in their ships. As early as the 5th Century B.C. pigment was added and an art form originated. Encaustic is the layering of beeswax and damar resin with pigments, fusing each layer together with a torch. Wax takes about 12 months to cure and does not need to be protected with varnish or glass. Beeswax is impervious to moisture and will not yellow, darken or mold. It is the most durable of all paints.