Shary Bartlett  is an artist and fine arts instructor living in Vancouver, Canada. She teaches Fine Arts at Capilano University and Langara Collegeand leads mixed media workshops and retreats in Canada, the United States and internationally.  Her mixed media body of work includes encaustic, acrylic, fibre arts, prints, sculptural assemblage, collage and altered photographs.

A painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler is the founder and editor of  Two Coats of Paint, the influential New York-based art blogazine. She has been awarded grants from numerous organizations, including the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 2015, she was the Patricia Highsmith-Plangman Fellow at Yaddo and the inaugural artist-in-residence at Counterproof Press at UConn. She has shown work at NADA New York and Pulse Miami Beach, and is represented by Theodore:Art in Brooklyn. Butler teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Parsons School of Design at The New School.

Zoë Charlton creates drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She depicts her subject's relationship with their world by combining images of culturally loaded objects and landscapes with undressed bodies. She received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (Skowhegan, ME, 2001), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD, 2003), and Art342 (Fort Collins, CO, 2010). Her recent exhibitions include ConnerSmith. (Washington, DC, 2013), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE, 2009), and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2006). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC, 2015), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014), Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX, 2000), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland 2006), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland, 2006). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and Rubys grant (2014) . Charlton is an Associate Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC. She resides in Baltimore, MD. 


Miles Conrad is known for his innovative, large-scale, abstract encaustic sculptures. He works from a studio granted by the Process Museum and received the Tucson Museum of Art ’Award of Excellence’ for his work in the Arizona Biennial 2011. His work was included in the project; Occupy Museums: DebtFair featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from International Encaustic Artists in 2016. He is founding Director of Conrad Wilde Gallery and the creator of Miles Conrad Encaustics, an internet-based supplier of encaustic supplies based in Tucson, AZ where he also teaches comprehensive workshops in encaustic.

Cat Crotchett is a professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Her studio work focuses on encaustic painting characterized by layers of information; interweaving patterns painted in vibrant colors and textured surfaces. She has an extensive exhibition record including international and national solo exhibitions and invitational and juried shows. Cat is currently producing a body of work that combines the use of Indonesian batik tools and motifs, and encaustic painting.

Rebecca Crowell has been a professional artist for over thirty years, and is widely known for her innovative painting techniques involving cold wax medium and oils.  She teaches these methods both in the US and internationally, and in late 2016 she published (with co-author Jerry McLaughlin) the first comprehensive guide to this material, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations.

Rebecca’s work is handled by fine art galleries in Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Milwaukee, and Telluride, Colorado. Her paintings are included in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections.  She and her husband divide their time between rural Wisconsin and northern New Mexico, and Rebecca travels widely for teaching and artist residencies. 


Michael David has been exhibiting with the Bill Lowe Gallery since his first workings in representational art in 1999, including the comprehensive exhibit "Compassion" held in Atlanta during 2006. David has exhibited widely throughout the United States for 30 years, and has been the subject of much historical and curatorial acclaim. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among several prominent private collections.

Critically-acclaimed New York artist Michael David built his early career on abstraction, a stylistic tendency he continues to explore, but since 1999 he has also successfully experimented with representational painting and traditional photography.


Tim Doud’s paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of works serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed identities, branding and commodity culture. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in Painting and Drawing. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Recent exhibitions include Curator's Office, Washington, DC, RandallScottProjects, Baltimore, MD, New Bedford Museum of Art and group shows at The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. His work has been included in exhibitions at PS1 (MOMA) in New York City, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Artists Space in New York City and the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Galerie Brusberg, Berlin and MC Magma, Milan, Italy. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), The Pollock Krasner Art Foundation, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and participated in  the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, NY, NY. Tim Doud is currently an Associate Professor at American University. Tim lives and works in Washington, DC. Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton run the collaborative project space, 'sindikit in Baltimore, MD and Tim Doud, Linn Meyers and Caitlin Teal Price founded STABLE arts in Washington, DC


Richard Frumess has been manufacturing encaustic commercially since 1982. In 1988 he founded R&F Handmade Paints. For the last several years he has been developing a series of comprehensive tests on the properties of encaustic paint – its lightfastness, adhesiveness, aging, and characteristics of raw materials. Many of these tests have never been carried out on a systematic basis until now. Richard has been working in collaboration with industry experts, conservators, and materials scientists.


AJ Grossman is a small business owner by day and painter by night. By using social media, AJ, was able to make her small business financially successful by leveraging the power of social media. AJ invested many hours and dollars to learn the ins and outs of social media from such industry experts as Sue B. Zimmerman (The Instagram Expert), Dean Street Society, Amy Schmittaur and many more. But she found that most of the information was not specific enough for the fine artist. By using her own website and social media as the test subject, she is still discovering the advantages of social media to help the artist in their business. AJ also maintains the Facebook group of Art.Post.Promote that has 140 members within 2 months of launch

Leslie Giuliani has an eclectic artistic background. Having graduated with a B.F.A. in drawing and painting, she continued her studies in esoteric art forms including fresco painting, Byzantine icon painting, gold leaf conservation, non-silver photographic processes, primitive rug hooking, digital embroidery and encaustic painting. Working at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, she has taught hybrid forms of printmaking focusing on its application in Encaustic painting. Currently, her work involves creating monotypes, embellishing them with Digital Embroidery and sewing the pieces together to form larger works.  Ms. Giuliani is the recipient of a 2008 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism for Craft and is the author of several published articles on rug hooking and cyanotype photography. Her work was included in the Farnsworth Museum’s show, “Beyond Rugs” and her work is in the permanent art collections of the Housatonic Museum of Art and the state of Connecticut. She has worked with well-known artists on special projects including the architect, Richard Meier and the Argentinian artist Liliana Porter.  


As a full-time artist Cari Hernandez teaches, lectures, and exhibits her work in the US and abroad. She is a founding board member of International Encaustic Artists (IEA). As their Education Chair she created and directed the first three annual retreats & conferences held in Carmel Valley, CA. Her methods and artwork are featured in two instructional DVDs, as well as being featured in several books and articles. Cari is a CORE Artist for R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY. Her studio is one hour north of San Francisco in the town of Fulton

Joanna Kidney was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently lives in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her practice encompasses drawing, spatial drawing, encaustic painting and assemblage works. Utilizing a wide range of diverse materials and processes, her work reflects on the human experience and our place within the vastness of the universe.  Recent Solo Exhibitions include Galway Arts Centre (2017), Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2015), Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2013) and The Drawing Project, Co. Dublin (2012). She has exhibited widely in group shows in Ireland, France, Germany and the USA. She has been visiting lecturer and presenter in Universities in Ireland and Utah, USA. She is a founding member of Outpost Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow (2014); a member of the artists collective The Tellurometer Project (with Helen G. Blake, Joanne Boyle, Raine Hozier Byrne, Rachel Fallon, Laura Kelly and Susan Montgomery) and a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. Her work can be seen in the collections of AIB, The Central Bank, Dublin, OPW, UCD and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland.

Originally from Chicago, Susan Lasch Krevitt now resides in Southern California and New Orleans. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago majoring in Material Studies. Susan builds free standing and wall hung sculptural paintings exploring themes of structure, connection and transformation. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the U.S. including Depth Perception in 2016 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. In 2014 she participated in the Conference Curatorial Program, co-curating Material Consequences with Nancy Natale at Gallery X. Susan received the Juror’s Award in 2013 for her work in Seven, juried by Shawn Hill.  In September of 2017 Susan became a contributor to ProWax Journal, reporting on Nancy Youdelman’s retrospective at the Fresno Art Museum.

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A recently elected member of American Abstract Artists, Joanne Mattera is a gallery-represented painter who has shown widely since 1975. Her work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; the U.S. State Department; and collections internationally. Her work is included in Geoform, an online curatorial project featuring geometric abstraction. She is the author ofThe Art of Encaustic Painting and the ongoing Joanne Mattera Art Blog. Joanne is the editor of ProWax Journal and the founder/former director of this Conference.

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Kelly explores materials and engages in a process driven dialogue on topics such, the narrative of materials and exploring found and natural objects. Kelly divides her time between two passions, teaching and pursuing her studio practice. While living in the Hudson Valley of New York she is currently pursuing graduate studies at Hunter College in Art Education. She served as the Director of Education at R&F Handmade Paints from 2014-2017, which inspired her to return to school to expand her ability to teach in the arts. Since 2010 she has taught studio based classes through a variety of organizations including: Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Women's Studio Workshop, R&F Handmade Paints and in private studio settings. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz in 2007.

With nearly seventeen years of experience with encaustic, Raé Miller now teaches workshops and private classes to students from around the world in her studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In her self-directed art education, she has studied painting and monotype with some of the most prominent artists in the United States and Mexico. She has found the International Encaustic Conference an invaluable tool in the furthering of her art career and as a teacher of encaustic painting and monotype. She taught Painting with Encaustic on Paper at Conference 10.

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Patricia Miranda is an artist, educator, and curator, using interdisciplinary projects to make connections between art, science, history and culture. She is founder of MAPSpace, a gallery and project space in Port Chester, NY, where she implemented a collaborative workspace residency program. She has been Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, the Heckscher Museum, and University of Utah, and been awarded residencies at I-Park, Weir Farm, Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and Vermont Studio Center. She has received grants from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts, and an NEA grant working with homeless youth. Miranda is Practitiioner-in-Residence in the BFA program at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven, and served as director and curator of the Gallery at Concordia College-NY from 2008-12. She has curated exhibitions on the intersections of art, science, history, culture, and the environment. Miranda develops education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including Franklin Furnace, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. She has exhibited at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; the Cape Museum of Fine Art, Cape Cod MA; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna Austria; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.

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Cherie Mittenthal has her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. She is the Executive Director of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since 2002. Cherie serves on the board of Campus Provincetown, Provincetown Cultural Council, and partners with Highlands Center Inc. for the only Wood-Fired Kiln on Cape Cod. Cherie’s paintings and work on paper are redolent of the meeting of sky, sand and sea, and sometimes animals from crows, to pigs and sheep. In her studio practice she works in pigment sticks, mixed media and encaustic. Her work is represented by Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. She is the producer of the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown.

Louise Noël is a visual artist who uses Aqua-dispersion of pigments with encaustic in her works on paper. She came to encaustic five years ago after a career in social work. From 1990, she has studied color theory, composition, perspective, oil painting and drawing on a part-time but regular basis; and since 2013, she has studied with qualified artists who use encaustic as their primary medium.

Sherrie Posternak takes advantage of all of her life’s passions—making and teaching art, travel, learning about other cultures, becoming fluent in the Spanish language, and building her new business designing accessories. Everything involves communication and the integration of the variety of life’s disciplines. Within the context of the arts, Sherrie chooses whatever medium or technique is most appropriate to express her ideas—encaustic, photography, ceramic, glass, fiber. She began her encaustic practice 11 years ago, and has had solo and group shows in the U.S. and Mexico. She teaches workshops in all phases of the encaustic practice, including specialty courses in transferred and embedded imagery and working with mixed media. She self-published a catalogue on the topic of her art installation “A Memorial for El Tomate.” Images of Sherrie’s work are in the gallery section of the E-book “Contemporary Paper and Encaustic” by Catherine Nash, and Volume I of Linda Robertson’s revised E-book “Embracing Encaustic.”


Lisa Pressman, American abstract painter, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned her BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA from Bard College. Her work focuses on a visual synthesis of stored and personal memory. Lisa’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally including The Hunderton Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR, Susan Eley Fine Arts, NY, NY, Causey Contemporary, NY, NY, The Curator Gallery, NY, NY, Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Telluride Gallery of Art,Telluride, Colorado, Addington Gallery,Chicago,IL , Palazzo Dell’Annunziata, Matera, Italy and Jen Tough Gallery in Vallejo, CA.  Lisa is a core instructor for R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, NY and a workshop instructor for Gamblin Artists Colors. She is an annual presenter and instructor at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. Lisa teaches workshops in both encaustic and oil and cold wax mediums throughout the U.S; including Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Pratt Institute, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts and more.

Lynda Ray has been working with encaustic since its re-emergence 1986. Originally from Massachusetts where she graduated from Mass. College of Art and Design she then attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she had the honor of studying with Joseph Campbell and Agnes Martin. Shortly after she was the recipient of the Mass. Artist Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture and was a Finalist in Painting.  Lynda’s work and interview with Julie Karabenick are posted on the international forum Her work is included in The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera. Lynda has exhibited her work and held workshops throughout the United States. Her work was included in exhibitions in Massachusetts including; Depth Perception and Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Curator: Michael Giaquinto. She currently lives in Richmond, VA and is represented by Space Gallery, Denver, CO.

Jodi Reeb lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a full-time artist and teacher for 20 years. She has taught printmaking, acrylic and encaustic painting as well as book arts.  Her artwork has been shown nationally receiving numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections nationally such as Target Corporation, United HealthCare Group, Hilton Hotel Minneapolis and Wells Fargo Mortgage. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she instructed printmaking in the Continuing Studies program for over 9 years. She also has been teaching acrylic and encaustic painting workshops for the past 6 years at the Minnetonka Center for Art and in her studio. Jodi creates her mixed-media paintings and sculptures in her studio at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis, but travels to the countryside to receive her inspiration, combining contrasting landscapes and environments in her work.

Dale O. Roberts was born in Waterville, New York in 1959. Roberts is a painter, working primarily in the encaustic medium for over 30 years with a significant portion of work carried out in gouache, graphite and a variety of other techniques. His work explores the painterly possibilities of representation with regard to urban landscape, still life and rural landscape. Roberts graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Tyler School of Art in 1982. He has had numerous solo shows at the Rosenfeld gallery in Philadelphia PA, and is also represented by the following galleries: Blue Heron in Wellfleet MA, Marshall Lakae Gallery in Scottsdale AZ, and the 1261 Gallery in Denver CO. He has paintings in many public and private collections including Rutgers University Museum, Community College of Philadelphia Museum, The Wharton School of business, and Vanguard investment Group. Roberts currently lives and works in Norristown PA. Future representation in Philadelphia will be at Gross McCleaf Gallery.

Lia Rothstein has BA and MFA degrees from Boston University. She has been a professional photographer for over 40 years, has taught digital photography and imaging in colleges and art centers throughout New England, and has also worked as a photographic specialist for Dartmouth College. Lia was awarded artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Baer Art Center in Hofsos, Iceland. From 2009 through August 2012 Rothstein directed the award-winning PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction, VT. She has exhibited her photographic and mixed media work in galleries and museums across the US and her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Polaroid Permanent International Exhibition Photography Collection, John Hancock, and the Radisson Group. Rothstein’s encaustic and cold wax paintings are featured in the newly published book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.

Julie Snidle is a St. Louis artist with a studio in Lafayette Square.  Her private studio space doubles as a comfortable and safely equipped classroom where she shares her passion and knowledge of painting with encaustic (beeswax and tree resin) to anyone interested in this ancient art medium.  Painting, primarily with encaustic, has been her driving force since 2004.  More recently she has been approaching  her work with oil and cold wax medium.   During the cooler months, she offers  'Open Studio Time'  for those with prior encaustic experience.  She is a Core Support Artist/Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints, she offers workshops and demos in retail spaces and art centers, and material talks about the R&F product line including their Encaustic paints and Pigment Sticks.  


Pat Spainhour is a contemporary artist and art educator. She recently retired from teaching AP Art History at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Pat also serves as a docent at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Pat has a BFA degree, with concentrations in design and art education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, with graduate studies at Wake Forest University. Pat Spainhour studied encaustic painting at Penland School of Crafts and was awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Grant, used to attend Paula Roland’s Advanced Encaustic Workshop. Assisting Paula Roland, Pat taught an encaustic monotype workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts. Pat Spainhour is a certified instructor in encaustic painting, encaustic monotypes, and Evans Cold Wax Paint.


Susan Stover received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, CA and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with both degrees concentrating in a combination of textiles and painting. Among her professional experience is faculty at University of CaliforniaDavis, lab technician at CCA, and 10 years at Jacquard Products, a manufacturer of textile pigments and dyes. She teaches workshops nationally and internationally and recently presented at the Surface Design Conference in Portland, OR. Her paintings are in many private collections. In 2016, she was commissioned for several pieces for American Ag Credit headquarters in Windsor, CA. Her work has been included in Encaustic Revelation by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Studio Visit, Wax and Paper Workshop by Michelle Belto, Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, Gathering Clouds - A Magazine of Contemporary Art, FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and American Craft magazines.


Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine.  Her work has been described as the transformation of “disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope).  She has exhibited nationally and was featured in Maine Home + Design magazine’s 2016 profile “One to Watch” on standout artists in Maine.  Vander Schaaf has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation, and the Juror’s Award in association with the 10th International Encaustic Conference.  She currently serves as the president of New England Wax.

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Charyl Weissbach received a BFA in painting and art history from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Her studio-gallery is located in Boston's SoWa Artist’s District. Her artwork is in many private and corporate collections, including Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, University of Pennsylvania, Winchester Hospital, Novacare and Oracle Pharmaceuticals. Images of her paintings are featured in Encaustic Works 2012: A Biennial Exhibition in Print, 100 Artists of New England, Boston Magazine's Design Home, and in the book, Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century. She is represented by multiple galleries and has exhibited at museums such as Danforth Art, Art Complex, Fuller, and the Saco Museum.


As a painter,  Janise Yntema has worked in encaustic for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and an alumna member of AIR Gallery in NYC. Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Galerie Marie Demange, Bruxelles, 2016, Nancy Dryfoos Gallery at Kean College, Union, New Jersey 2015, Cadogan Contemporary, London UK 2015, Libre Choix Bruxelles 2014, Galerie Josine Bokhoven, Amsterdam 2012 Recent Group exhibitions include: Elizabeth Dow, East Hampton NY 2016, Galerie Judy Straten, The Netherlands, 2014, School Voor Filosofie, Amsterdam, 2012. Her works are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.  Yntema lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.  A forthcoming book on her life and work is scheduled for publication by Galerie Marie Demange next year.