Ashley (Gordon) Ellis is a Wisconsin native that has been painting for more than fifteen years. She has been formally educated in painting and sculpture. Ashley is purely self taught in the art of encaustics. She transitioned into encaustics over a decade ago and has not looked back. Ashley not only found a fantastic and addictive medium to create in, she also found that there was a need to teach this medium to other curious artists (dabbler to professional). She started small, holding a few classes and demos here and a few there, now her classes fill almost as soon as they are posted. Ashley has artists attending from all over the continental US to take classes with her to teach them the basics of encaustics to intermediate and advanced skills and problem solving. She is honored to get to meet some amazing artists and spark their desire to create through the voice of encaustic. She finds it thrilling to see exhibitions and pieces from past students who has learned to run with it and create with this amazing medium. She personally feels it is her job to not only be an encaustic artist, but, to spread the knowledge and love for the medium to all who will listen and learn. Even in the art world encaustics is still not as widely known, and, it is our job to share this knowledge and pass it on. So again, she wants to thank all her encaustic friends for participating and being a part of the growth and development of the encaustic arts movement.