Michael Bosssom



Margaret with Michael and Shona

       Art Encaustic of NSW operated by Kate Belton is the home of Encaustic Art “Painting with    Beeswax”, in Australia and is dedicated to Michael Bossom  who developed this modernized form of  painting with bees wax in 1986 and Margaret Hesford who has tirelessly taught encaustic art around Australia.

Michael Bossom’s love of the encaustic art form has led to the writing of three books, several videos (DVD’s) and the development of the whole Arts Encaustic International range of products.

This site is also dedicated to Donna Barker, the young Tasmanian artiste who discovered Encaustic Art after seeing Michael’s book on “How to Paint with Wax” in a library.  She quickly grew to love the effects obtained and became a distributor of the product and designed and published this web site. In February 2011 she approached ian and Margaret Hesford to take over the supply of product to her clients and also the running of this web site so that she could concentrate on raising her family. Ian and Margaret Hesford asked Kate Belton of Tinkat Alley Art Studio to take over the business in September 2015.

Let there be Light. Melanie Dunstan, WA

Let there be Light
Perth 1997

Credit should also be given to Melanie Dunstan who first brought Encaustic Art to Australia over twenty five years ago. Some years later she was probably the first to actively promote and teach Encaustic Art with her business All Crafts operating in Perth W.A.  A change in family circumstances caused her to cease importing stock .

You can read Margaret’s story on her Journey page. When Margaret first discovered this art form it was significant that very few people had any knowledge of it and the universal question then was “how do you do it?” University students asked why it did not form part of their course?


The Continental system developed in 1986 by Michael Bossom starts with learning to manipulate the iron to create all sorts of images and patterns using the effects obtained by heat, wax and suction. Various parts of the iron such as the edge, point and sole of the iron are also used. The stylus is for more delicate drawing detail  and its associated tips can be used in multiple ways. Rubber stamps and techniques such as tissue transfer and hot air blowing can all be used to satisfy the artists creative desires. For the more adventurous there is a large Hot Plate with thermostatic heat control. Pictures up to A2 size can be kept warmed while being worked.

Most of our promotional efforts have been directed towards people who may have had a lifelong need to express themselves artistically and show them a possible way that this can be achieved.  We have also worked with many established artists who appreciate the free flowing and unpredictability of the effects of heat and wax.

We hope you will enjoy our site. Please use the comments page if you would like to respond.

Kate Belton Art Encaustic of New South Wales