An ancient medium

Since I've been experimenting and using encaustic paint and technique it has caused a flurry of questions from those who view my work. The above 3 portraits are from a group called the Fayoum portraits which are of Greek and Roman origin. Painted when the subject is alive they are buried with the subject who has been mummified. The bottom one reminds me of a Modigliani painting.


  1. I read that in those ancient times large eyes were a symbol of enlightenment. Then, during the Enlightenment da Vinci made proportion a mathematical equation so the eyes became just organs of sight, in a certain place and a certain size. There are no features on a human that you can tell as much about their being as the eyes.