The technique Shima uses is Encaustic Painting, the 5,000-year-old art of painting with Beeswax, Pigment and Fire. Creating her seascapes, layer-by-layer, becomes a meditation; adding the elements, smoothing, heating, watching the beeswax and pigment combine, adding, smoothing, and heating. Again and again until Shima sees what she feels in her heart. As with all impressionistic art, and especially Encaustic Painting, creating her work requires Shima let go of every last bit of ego, letting nature and her heart guide her. In Shima’s studio, she experiments with the unpredictable qualities of beeswax and its mercurial elements. It has taught her to treasure the imperfection and spontaneity of life and nature. Shima values her collectors who see the beauty of nature in her pieces; who engage her work with all of their senses and let it touch them deeply.
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