Encaustic Painting by Kim Zahnow

“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.” ~Albert Einstein

This quote encompasses what it feels like for me when I am creating. There are endless moments throughout my life where I felt a powerful connection with art. As a child I was introduced to art by my grandmother whom always had a project she was creating. I loved the feeling of being included when she would hold me in her lap and help me hold the scissors. As a social worker I found a way to connect and give moments of healing through art. In my darkest hours, art was my personal lifeline. I have over 25 years of photography and encaustic painting experience. I invite you into this place of creativity and beauty. Thank you for being here.

What is Encaustic Painting?

Encaustic art was practiced by Greek artist beginning in the 5th century B.C. Encaustic had a variety of applications: Fayum bariel portraits, decorating warships and merchant ships, sculpture, painting portraits and scenes of mythology on panels, and tiles. 

Today, Encaustic art can be found in fine art galleries around the world.  Encaustic is a wax based paint composed of beeswax, resin, and natural pigment. Encaustic means to "burn in." Each layer of medium is burned through a variety of techniques each creating beautiful paintings that are the most archival pieces in the art world. 

I have been an Encaustic artist for 15 years. I pride myself in using only raw materials that are archival. I am a member of the International Encaustic ArtistAssociation. 

Contact Kim

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me through this form or call 269-953-7930.

Kim Zahnow

P.O. Box 527

Saugatuck, Michigan 49453


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