Totem II is from my series called Ancient Trees and Totems. The archival photograph is embedded under layers of wax giving it a 3D feel. The image is composed of multiple photos montaged together using photoshop. This shot is from the mountains of Washington state. You can see the trees have grown and bent with the force of the wind. The magical clouds are setting the mood of this rugged harsh terrain. This is a one of a kind piece and is ready to hang. 

- Jiela Rufeh

Totem II

Encaustic artwork on wood
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

16.75" h x 24.12" w x 3" d
6 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.