This piece is featured in my book, "The Creative Conversation: Artmaking as Playful Prayer" as a frontispiece for Chapter 11, a chapter that's all about giving back and community. I chose this piece because it references the potential impact of a single spirit, a single action on the greater world.
The panel has also been mounted in a unique way, so that it sits a little bit away from the wall.
Encaustic is an ancient medium, and archeologists have found encaustic artwork on wood and linen that's over 2000 years old, and in good condition. The tree resin raises the melting point of the wax, as well as making the final surface harder, shinier, and more durable. While some collectors new to encaustic have concerns regarding its fragility, the medium is actually quite strong and archival. Encaustic, like any fine art, is best displayed out of direct sunlight and in a room that is between 50 and 100 degrees Farenheit (10 to 38 degrees Celsius).
Instructions for care and cleaning are included with the purchase of any original painting.