Bob’s demo and our brief business meeting, 7-9:00 pm March 21, will probably be our last virtual gathering until we become concerned about winter driving at night. This is from his web site https://www.waysofwax.com/
Bob Fesser is an encaustic artist who lives and works in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Originally from Chicago, Bob is a relative new comer to art and encaustics. His paintings and encaustic photo transfers have quickly gained recognition and acceptance.
Bob graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1982 with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Art. It wasn’t until 2016, however, that Bob’s inner artist was awakened. He was asked to create a piece of art for a local fundraiser. The Bird Cage light box he created was a huge success at the event and a follow up piece, inspired by the musician Prince, also garnered notoriety. While his initial light boxes were a good blend of creativity and technology, Bob wanted to explore other media.
In 2017, encouraged by his wife, a successful artist as well, Bob was told about encaustics and the process of encaustic painting. Bob was hooked as soon as he heard ‘fire.’ Feeling a passion in him had been ignited, Bob began taking classes in both 2D and 3D encaustics, but he is largely self-taught. Bob continues to experiment with new techniques and explore the possibilities of encaustic art. He began doing commissioned pieces in June 2018. “In 2019 Bob began exhibiting in galleries. He was one of three artists chosen from an emerging artist exhibit at Morpho gallery in Chicago to exhibit again in October of 2019.
In March 2019 Bob received an award of excellence from Manhattan Arts International for his submission of “Calhoun” in The Healing Power of Art exhibit. "Calhoun" also received a Best in Show from Saddleback Gallery of Scottsdale, AZ in May of 2019. Since 2019 Bob's work has continued to be recognized.
Bob's work is now represented at - River's End Gallery in Waukesha, WI, The Gallori in Oconomowoc, WI, Art Lounge in Menomonee Falls, WI, Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, WI and Camelback Gallery (On-line) in Scottsdale, AZ”