RETIRING FROM THE RIGORS OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY AFTER 25 YEARS, DR. ART LEVY DECIDED TO RETURN TO THE FINE ARTS. AFTER ALL, HE HAD MAJORED IN ART DURING HIS UNIVERSITY DAYS BEFORE TURNING TO MEDICINE

" WHEN I FIRST BEGAN, I CHOSE TEMPERA. THEN I DABBLED IN ACRYLICS AND OILS" SAYS THE SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA RESIDENT. "SEEKING MORE TEXTURE I STARTED USING PASTE, CEMENT AND ACRYLIC SUBSTRATES. EVENTUALLY I BECAME ENTRANCED WITH THE ENCAUSTIC TECHNIQUE.

ENCAUSTIC DATES BACK TO CLEOPATRA (69 - 30 B.C.E.). AFTER THE ROMAN EMPIRE CLAIMED EGYPT, THE CONQUERORS INTRODUCED FUNERARY PORTRAITS USING THE GREEK ENCAUSTIC STYLE  ( WAX PAINTINGS ON THIN WOODEN PANELS. )

THE WORD ENCAUSTIC COMES FROM THE GREEK, ENCAUSTIKOS MEANING " TO HEAT "OR "TO BURN." USING HEAT AT EVERY STAGE, THE ENCAUSTIC MEDIUM CONSISTS OF BEESWAX PLUS RESIN. WHEN PIGMENT IS ADDED IT BECOMES ENCAUSTIC PAINT.

GOING BACK TO THE  ANCIENT GREEKS, DR. LEVY FOUND A WAY TO CELEBRATE THE BASIC STUFF OF LIFE.  IT'S AN ACHIEVEMENT THAT WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE PLEASED HIPPOCRATES.