Ruth Maude

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Ruth Maude (she/her) is a mixed media encaustic artist based in Toronto. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout Ontario and is in private collections in Canada and the United States.

Ruth paints with molten beeswax, this is an ancient medium called encaustic that uses heat to apply and fuse the medium.

Her creative practice is one of exploration and play. The founder of the popular All Things Encaustic blog, she is constantly experimenting with a variety of encaustic materials, techniques and tools and sharing her discoveries with her readers.


Rarely do I approach a piece with a preconceived endpoint in mind. To me, art-making is a creative practice of exploration and play. I’m committed to carving out space in my life to show up and learn what it has to teach me about myself and my world.

Encaustic is a wonderfully versatile medium. I love the natural beauty of beeswax and the wide range of techniques that work with it. I’m drawn to the way encaustic painting engages my senses—the way that it looks, smells and feels. Encaustic painting is done in layers. It is a process of building up and scraping away to reveal what lies beneath the surface. Each layer of encaustic medium is fused using heat. Working with different fusing tools I can either maintain or eliminate texture.

Often there’s an interesting call-and-response dynamic between what the wax chooses to do and my intention as I paint.

- Ruth Maude


Encaustic, mixed Media, photograph on book cover on panel (framed).


Edith was my partner’s maternal Grandmother, a woman I never knew. When I came across her World War I-era photographs, I was inspired to imagine and create stories out of the opaque moments pictured there.

I combined images from Edith’s album with my own photographs of rust and peeling paint and with ephemera—book covers and pages, stamps, sewing patterns, recipe and postcards, music from old hymnals, and birch bark—all layered with encaustic medium.

My intention was to create contemporary paintings imbued with the past.

Ruth Maude


Encaustic, mixed Media, photograph on panel (framed).


For Moment of Stillness, I combined a vintage family photograph with my own picture of rust and peeling paint, this speaks to the slow passing of time. Adding the vivid colour of rust to the black-and-white image, created a vibrant sunset. The time-worn texture and colour gives the old image a more contemporary feel. Encaustic mixed media techniques enhance the photograph and add texture to the rushing waterfall. The photo captures a young woman in a calm, thoughtful Moment of Stillness, contrasting with the water rushing around her.

Ruth Maude