Welcome to the 15th Issue of PWJ

It’s always interesting to look back at our younger selves. In this issue’s lead article, Life Before Wax, we visit 23 artists from our community before they found encaustic. We may have, ahem, matured but we are still energized by the same creative energy. Certainly the work we did then—in clay, metal, fiber, oil, acrylic, photography, even on the stage—has informed what we are doing now.

img025Yes, this is me in 1978 when I was drawing with thread on paper. I’d made my first encaustic painting 10 years earlier in art school but didn’t return to wax until the mid-Eighties

The rest of this issue is focused on the present. In Q&A Nancy Natale talks to Lorrie Fredette, whose installations are equal parts ethereal and uncomfortable–which is exactly the way she likes it. Deborah Winiarski has curated a feature on artists who integrate photography and wax (no, we don’t call it “photo encaustic”). In Essential Questions Jane Guthridge focuses on the importance of community. Paula Fava takes us into Maritza Ruiz-Kim’s Martinez, California, studio. Debra Claffey features the work of two artists, Kim Bruce and Paul Rinaldi, in her In Five Words feature. In Open Call Pamela Blum marks the end of R&F’s fabled gallery with a look back as well as a panorama of the current and last show. As always we’ve got listings for Exhibitions and Workshops by our ProWax members. The Sidebar spotlights more of what’s in the issue. I hope you’ll spend some time with all of it.– J.M.


Welcome to the 14th Issue of PWJ

Encaustic artists? Not us! We’re painters, sculptors, and printmakers who love wax but work in a variety of mediums.

Shelley Gilchrist’s lead feature, Form and Iteration Across Mediums, makes this point eminently clear through the work of eight artists for whom continuity of concept is not limited to encaustic. Scroll down to read it. But don’t stop there. We offer you a lot in this issue, from Nancy Natale’s in-depth interview with the Montreal-based painter Alexandre Masino, to a peek into the Maplewood, New Jersey, studio of Kathy Cantwell, to Cantwell’s story for Open Call about how an online crit group was formed. Our regular features and listings are all here, too, along with a peek at what Cherie Mittenthal is planning for Conference 11. As always, the Comments option in each article offers a way for our conversation to extend into the community. I hope you’ll respond. –J.M.


Shelley Gilchrist, Rabbit-Proof, 2016, acrylic on epoxy clay, 29 x 26 x 2 ¼ inches
Read Gilchrist’s article below

Welcome to the 13th Issue of ProWax Journal

From the Editors

It has now been three years since ProWax Journal went from idea to reality. We’re at lucky Issue #13! I’m amazed and grateful that our staff of busy working artists has been so committed to share the ProWax conversation with the art community at large. Each has dedicated not-so-glamorous work hours to keep it going. After all the experiences I’ve had as Editor-in-Chief of PWJ, I now have the wonderful opportunity to move my art studio closer to my home, giving me plenty of space to develop my art practice. I’m thrilled!

To truly make that happen, however, I need to pass the editor reins to a trusted colleague. I’m so happy to say that the choice was clear. Not only has Joanne Mattera been a valuable Consulting Editor for all things related to publishing a quarterly magazine, she consistently supported my vision for ProWax Journal. Now I’m more than eager to see how PWJ grows under her leadership. I’ll stay on as a consulting editor, managing the layout and publishing on the WordPress platform. Going forward, however, you are in Joanne’s capable hands.       — Maritza

MRK in Studio  JM in Studio

      Maritza Ruiz-Kim, Editor Emerita and Consulting Editor; Joanne Mattera, Editor-in-Chief

Maritza Ruiz-Kim and I have switched roles. She has become Consulting Editor, a job I have held since the first issue, and I have become Editor in Chief, a position she originated. We owe ProWax Journal to Maritza’s vision. During a particularly fruitful conversation in our online group, ProWax, Maritza posted something like, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a publication that gathered some of these ideas?”

A number of ProWax members pledged their support, and in September 2013 our first issue appeared. We gave it our all, but Maritza was the force that launched PWJ. Now she heads into a new studio and I, newly retired from directing the International Encaustic Conference, will take over where she has left off. Going forward, the staff and I will build on Maritza’s vision and the solid foundation she created to support it. Nancy Natale will take on an expanded role as Featured Articles Editor, not only writing regularly but overseeing two new columns, Open Call and Back of the Panel. In addition to the features and columns you have come to expect from PWJ, we’ve got a new regular feature, Studio Visit, and a Sidebar packed with images and information. Thank you, Maritza, for what you started. I look forward to your continued involvement.     –Joanne


Welcome to the 12th issue of ProWax Journal

It’s an even dozen! 

Welcome to the 12th issue of ProWax Journal, a publication produced by members of the group, ProWax—professional artists working in the medium of wax and encaustic. Our goal in creating this publication is to share with the larger community some of the ideas and conversations we share within our Facebook group. Our editor in chief, Maritza Ruiz-Kim, was on sabbatical for this issue so Nancy Natale and I stepped in to share the editorial job.  We hope you like what you read. As always, we encourage you to join the conversation via the Comments section. 

Warm regards,
Joanne Mattera, Consulting Editor
Nancy Natale, Featured Articles Editor

Welcome to the eleventh issue of ProWax Journal. We started PWJ in September 2013 with the collective effort of members of ProWax, professional artists who work with encaustic. We bring you a sampling of discussions from our Facebook group, as well as interviews, professional practice issues, and topics of specific interest to our art community. Enjoy!



Maritza Ruiz-Kim