Thea was a founding member of the Ripoff Artists. Sadly, she passed away September 25, 2013 after a long and valiant struggle, first with breast cancer, then a series of strokes. We miss her very much.
Encaustic artist Thea Haubrich has been a "Flying Dutchman“ for most of her life. The Haubrich family lived in Austria, Japan, Germany, and now in Canada. Her first encounter with the Encaustic Art was around 1998 in Germany. The colours of the picture were so bright and the details so intricate that she had to have a go at it. She studied at the Encaustic Academie in Germany to become a teacher of Encaustic. In 2004 she moved to B.C., Canada and offered Encaustic Painting courses all over the South Okanagan and beyond.
Thea was an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and her Encaustic paintings have won several awards in their juried shows. She was a Board member of the local Chapter of the FCA since 2007 and in 2009 she was asked to join the Board of International Encaustic Artists in the States. She was responsible for their monthly newsletter.
In March 2013, Thea was recognized with an award for Arts, Culture and Design from the South Okanagan Women in Need Society.
Thea also was the exclusive representative for Canada of the Arts Encaustic International products which sells everything you need to paint with wax through her online store.
Encaustic Painting is an ancient art form, that dates back as long as 3000 years ago and involves painting with coloured beeswax. The term “Encaustic” is derived from the Greek word “enkaien” and it means, “to burn into”. The nature of encaustic is to both preserve and colour, which led to its wide use on the stonework of architecture and statuary. Perhaps the best known of all encaustic work are the Fayum funeral portraits painted in the 1st through 3rd centuries A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt.
Encaustic paintings directly exposed to air might be become dull after some time; this is a natural process. Just polish lightly with a soft cloth, like a piece of pantyhose, and the colours will shine again!