Mary Ellen Bertram

Special guest

My artist journey began as a photographer, creating both fine art and portraiture photographs for my clients. When I saw encaustic wax painting for the first time, I knew that I had to incorporate this ancient form of art into my modern work.

Today, I use a hands-on approach to make images that blend the old and the new and that reflect my love and appreciation for the natural world.
My process is studio intensive but starts outdoors with experience, photography and drawing providing the visual and emotive references that come back into the studio to be created.

Through encaustic wax painting, I create images with depth that bring life to formerly flat photographs. This combination of modern photographic technology and ancient wax manipulation produces a truly unique image with life and movement that has elements of both still photography and traditional wax painting.

Mary Ellen Bertram has been a guest on 1 episode.