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The Details

Encaustic —“to burn in”— is the 5,000-year-old ancient art form of painting with beeswax then fusing with heat. Shima Shanti’s encaustic works combine photography, collage, and assemblage. This labor-intensive technique begins with Shima’s interpretation of subtle imagery in a photograph. Then layers of beeswax, demar resin (a tree sap from Indonesia), and pigments are painted with carefree brush strokes. Lastly, the surface is scraped, textured, and polished to a high gloss, revealing the ethereal, translucent, and misty qualities unique to beeswax. The effects are contemporary, evocative, and timeless.

In Synergy with Nature

The weathered patina and texture of 100-year old American barn wood is integral to each Peace Waters work of art. It is rare, one-of-a-kind, and precious because of time.

The Artist’s Hand

Inspired by Spirit, nature, and the expressive power of color and texture, every detail of Peace Waters artwork is touched by the Artist’s hand. When we view original artwork, something stirs within us, awakens us, and beckons us to linger. This is the gift of art — why we create and share — enhancing life and home.

Inspired by Spirit and Nature

Shima Shanti works in ancient artform Encaustic — painting with beeswax. Beeswax and its forgiving, playful, and independent qualities inspire Shima’s free spirit and her eye for beauty. Her works reveal realistic and mystical harmony in the flow and fusion of molten beeswax. Similar to life, layers of beeswax and moments in time fuse one upon the other, revealing life’s journey.

The Process

Start to finish, each piece is created with natural materials — some reclaimed and repurposed, others obtained from nature — then mounted on rare and vintage hardwood.