These paintings are inspired by visits to prehistoric sites in the Périgord region in southwest France – the caves at Rouffignac, Pech Merle, Font de Gaume, Lascaux II, and Cougnac. Stone Age artists abstracted the essential quality of the animals they painted, and the marks they applied to the walls are vivid after thousands of years.
Encaustic is a compelling medium for interpretation of Stone Age art. The wax surface can be painted, smudged, scraped, and engraved. It provides an articulate means of layering images and bringing forth the beautiful qualities of earth pigments.