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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.    

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