Several years ago, Melissa fell in love with the ancient practice of encaustic⁠—a term derived from the Greek word “enkaustikos,” meaning “to heat or burn in”⁠ and strives to make it her own. She creates encaustic medium by hand, mixing beeswax, damar resin, and color pigments, then torches the mixture with varying intensities of heat. This manipulation allows the image to come alive in its own organic way, and ensures that every work is unique. As each layer of medium burns, it becomes another distinctive element in the final piece.

She's always exploring multiple themes in her work, ranging from concepts on waste, sustainability and mindfulness. Newer works focus on the connection of color, repetition, and space and how they can represent the relationship between the details of our lives and the big picture of our worldview.

She likes to keep her hands messy and her heart curious. 

Studio portrait by Emily Chidester.


Melissa Stutts Art Pop Street Gallery billboard
ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2022