Judy Schmid

I graduated from Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art with a degree in Graphic Design and proceeded to embark on a 35 year career in design. As a graphic designer, my role was to provide a solution to a customer's specific problem using various visual mediums. I loved working on a diverse set of these corporate-based challenges, using graphic means to communicate a sometimes complicated message. All of this was great training for my leap into the world of fine art. I feel I am emerging as a new and different artist through discovery and creativity as I strive to tell a story using the encaustic medium. A story that marvels at the sights, senses, and emotions we all share but interpret in different ways.

  • 1972-2012 Principal, Uppercase Design
  • 2014 Juried into Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead, MA
  • 2014 Honorable Mention, New Members exhibit at MAA.
  • 2015 Solo show MAA
  • 2015 Group show at Brushstroke Gallery, Marblehead Ma
  • 2015 Juried into Rockport Art Association &Museum, Gloucester, Ma
  • 2016 Juried shows RAAM
  • 2017 Honorable Mention Experimental Group Exhibition at the RAAM
  • 2017 Juried into Group Exibition at North Shore Arts Association
  • 2107 Juried into national show at Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, N M

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Fayum Mummy Portrait

Fayum Mummy Portrait

History of Encaustics

The word "encaustic" comes from the Greek, to “burn in”, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. 

Encaustic painting was developed by the ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used hot wax to fill cracks in their ships. Soon pigment (color) was added and this led to painting on the surface of the waxed hull: an art form was born. This technique was used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD.

Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera

Over the intervening centuries encaustic was overtaken by many other types of paint—including tempera, oil, and acrylic paints—each of which was cheaper, faster, and easier to work with. Artists experimented with encaustic in the 18th and 19th centuries, but it wasn't until the 20th century that is's use really revived. With the availability of portable electric heating devices for the melting of the wax, use of encaustic has become more popular and many contemporary painters consider it an attractive painting medium. Modern painters who have used encaustic include Robert DeLaunay, Diego Rivera, and Jasper Johns.

About Encaustic Medium

Encaustic medium is composed of beeswax, damar resin, and pure pigments. Encaustic paint is applied molten to an absorbent surface, and fused, (or re-melted), to create a variety of effects. Once the surface has cooled, the paint has reached a permanent finish. The painting can be reworked with heat at any time, minutes or years later.