Holding Presence is part of my Ancient Trees and Totems series. In awe of these magical old gigantic trees of Big Bear Mountains, I named this Holding Presence. Through rough winters, harsh elements of rain, snow, wind and fire- this tree is still holding strong. The archival photograph is embedded underneath layers of wax with oil paints on the sides to keep you in the image from all angles. The wax adds a three dimensional quality to the photograph.

- Jiela Rufeh

Holding Presence

Encaustic artwork on wood
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

18.25" h x 18.25" w x 3" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.



Jiela Rufeh
Encinitas, California

Getting to Know Jiela

As a career photographer, Jiela Rufeh has experimented over the years with ways to reinvent her medium. Her current body of work employs encaustic, a method using hot wax to create texture on the surface of an artwork. “The encaustic medium captured my interest with its sculpture-like qualities that come from building up layers of wax and embedding various media,” says Jiela. “This medium suddenly broadened my ability, allowing me to express myself on multiple levels and imbue my work with layered narratives.” The content of Jiela’s work is influenced by cross-cultural spirituality including Native American mysticism, shamanism, Eastern philosophy, and kundalini yoga. The resulting body of work is visually complex with a haunting, surreal quality.