Schaller paints with a beeswax-based paint mixed with pigment and kept molten while painting, this process is called encaustic. The word encaustic comes from the Greek meaning to “burn in”, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. This type of painting was used in the 5th century B.C. for weathering boats and coloring marble. Encaustic is the most durable of the artist’s paints because the beeswax is impervious to moisture. Thus, it will not deteriorate, yellow or darken and it can be polished to a high gloss for a brilliant finish.
The beauty in the paint is found in its immediate drying time. Because it cools immediately, the gesture and brush stroke are captured. This has been his preferred medium since 1997 to the present.
All of these prints are unique and created individually by Schaller. Each color is individually applied by pulling the ink through a stenciled screen. The print editions are small because of the this timely process.
Silkscreen was derived from a stencil process and has been used by sign painters since 1938 for labeling, posters, bottles and fabrics. A nylon mesh (screen) is stretched over a wooden frame, coated with a photographic emulsion and an image is burned into the light-sensitive emulsion. The framed screen is place on the surface to be printed, an ink is pressed through the framed screen with a rubber squeegee. This process requires separate screens for each color. The image can then be duplicated using the various screens.
Sometimes artists do things for the sake of Art. Sometimes they do things because they are asked. Sometimes they have no idea why they do them they just know they have to. Here are some of those examples.
"I know there is beauty in creating things by hand but there is also an interesting play when art is made by machine. Or even better when it is fabricated and my involvement was coming up with the idea."
Commissions are a way to create that special piece the viewer connects with personally. The artist takes great pride in a working relationship that is established with the client. Commissioned artwork plays a big part in Schaller's career. The work is produced with the same sense of design that goes into his other artwork. Each painting is a recognizable Schaller.