Food for thought:
No other group of insects is more essential to our survival than the bee. As pollinators, they are responsible for the successful propagation of more than 30 percent of the food we eat.
encaustic art & BEESWAX
Encaustic art, regardless of its provenance, age, genre, or acclaim, would not be possible without the tireless and vital efforts of the humble and miraculous honey bee.
DID YOU KNOW…?
Of 20,000 species of bees, only eight are honey-producing
Beeswax is a byproduct of the honey-making process
Encaustic medium is made primarily (>80%) of beeswax.
It requires eight pounds of HONEY to make one pound of BEESWAX
One pound of BEESWAX = the lifetime work of nearly ten thousand honey bees (depending on the species) that must visit, on average, more than 16 million flowers and fly over 440,000 miles combined in order to produce eight pounds of HONEY.
In recognition of the honey bee, as well as the nearly 20,000 different bee species that help feed the world through the pollination of flowers and plants, I’m pledging five-percent of net proceeds from the sale of my art – forever – to non-profit organizations that actively promote the health and survival of pollinators critical to food production and healthy ecosystems.
There a numerous non-profit, academic and non-government organizations (NGO’s) whose mission is to research, educate and ensure the vitality and propagation of honey bee colonies across the globe for generations to come. To learn more about how you, too, can help support healthy bee populations, please visit any of these sources:
Pollinator Partnership's mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
BeeAware is a hub of information for beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops.
The Bee Informed Partnership gathers survey data from thousands of beekeepers every season to understand how different management practices affect honey bee health, and we report our findings back to the industry.
COLOSS (Prevention of honey bee COlony LOSSes) is an international, non-profit association headquartered in Bern, Switzerland that is focussed on improving the well-being of bees at a global level. COLOSS is composed of scientific professionals that include researchers, veterinarians, agriculture extension specialists and students. We understand that cooperation and open dialogue are key to better understanding the reasons why bee populations are threatened in today’s world.