Chelsea Villegas is a mixed media painter living on the East Coast. She earned a degree in painting during her college years and shortly afterwards began teaching herself the ancient art of encaustic after a pivotal love at first sight experience with an encaustic painting. She was instantly mesmerized by the texture, depth, and luminosity inherent in the wax.
For a period of time her art making took a back seat to the creation of her two children while she homeschooled them and devoted most of her time to their care. She created a number of portrait commissions during this time period that kept her engaged in her craft. Over the course of many years she has refined and developed a totally unique multi-media approach to working with molten wax. Through her fearless experimentation in the studio she has found a way to combine encaustic with drawing, photography, oil paint, pastels, as well as collage and found objects. She continues to paint and teach art as well as early childhood education. Her work can be seen in person by scheduling an appointment for a studio visit or at Main Street Gallery in Manasquan, NJ.