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“Your work is so much like encaustic,” her mentor observed. Julia didn’t know what that was, but her insatiable curiosity led her to delve into researching the history of encaustic painting. She quickly began to realize this was a medium she needed to learn. “I took my first workshop (and) immediately fell in love with the wax.” She follows a process of layering, painting encaustic wax, and then fusing each layer with heat.