Encaustic Mixed Media on gallery wood panel.
"Encaustic is a versatile medium that allows me to explore and push my creativity. One of my favourite ways of working in encaustic, is incorporating handmade collage and fine Japanese papers into layers of wax and scraping back to reveal bits of history in the under layers. The textures of waxy layer build up and light scribing into the wax helps to achieve a playful grungy effect.
As an artist, I like to experiment with different mediums. I rely on intuition and self expression when I paint, pouring my heart into my paintings and getting lost in my own world. I am drawn to bright colours in my work, because colours make me feel happy, and also, it’s probably a reflection from my tropical island upbringing, surrounded by colourful flowers, lush greens, yellow sunshine, and blue skies. I build layers upon layers of paint to create depth and history. The process of adding and subtracting paint is an essential part of my process. Revealing underneath layers, building up new layers, creates different feelings which eventually lead to finished pieces.
I may have an idea in my mind of what I would like to paint at the start, but I am here for the journey and I go with the flow, even if it takes me in a different direction. It is this journey of the creative process that brings me true joy."
Christine Chin-Fook is a versatile artist who works with various mediums (acrylics, encaustic, oil and cold wax, mixed media and collage) to explore new possibilities. Her work has been featured in juried and non-juried shows throughout the Toronto area, as well as in private collections across Canada, the USA and Hong Kong.