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Remembering Thea Haubrich
who took Encaustic Arts to Canada

Thea Haubrich came into my life of encaustic art many years ago through the online encaustic gallery (2000 - 2006). Her enthusiasm and open minded exploration of the encaustic art realms was happily shared. Those posted images formed a pathway of insight into her impressions of the art form and of her life's perspectives too. Thea was a light and happy energy during those times of mutual and regular contact.

Later, Thea began to work as the Canadian distributor for the encaustic art range and made a great effort and impact in this large country she had chosen to live in. Her enthusiastic expression, continuous investigation into encaustic possibilities and her teaching, demonstration and videos all helped to inspire others and create a dynamic for the waxing artists.

In respect of Thea's work with the encaustic art line and the personal friendship we shared through this magical medium, this page is a warm memory of her work. It has links to existing pages, places and content Thea has left behind, to continue that inspiration beyond her own years here on Earth. I share this respect with many others and also feel thanks and happiness at the relationship and inspiration known between us. Long may that continue. - I'm sure Thea would have wanted that.

Michael Bossom


Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund

The Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund has been established with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen by Thea’s husband, Peter Haubrich.  The purpose of the endowment fund is to provide ongoing financial support to  artists, with a focus on encaustic art, wanting to further their education.

Grants will be paid from investment earnings so that the original donation value continues to earn revenue for future granting. If you would like to honour Thea’s memory you are encouraged to make a donation to her Legacy Fund.

Donate to the Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund


Thea's Website : http://theahaubrich.com/
Link to Thea's encaustic videos with oldest first.
Visit Thea's Rip Off Artists page
Thea's encaustic blog - nice & interesting

Extract from Thea's Obituary:

Thea Haubrich, 60, passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 25, 2013 in Penticton after a long courageous battle following a stroke. Thea was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands and she and her husband Peter left Holland in 1980. She lived in Austria (where her son Maarten was born), Germany, Japan, Germany again and in Penticton British Columbia, Canada – “A place to stay forever!”

She did not follow a very artistic path until her late 40's (she called it her "Dormant Phase"...), but she acquired all kinds of skills, which would suit her later in her career. Around 1996 she was introduced to Encaustic. It was the "European way", mainly using the painting iron on non-absorbent painting cards. She recognized a huge potential in sharing this ancient art form (which is easy to learn with fantastic results) while interacting with people at the same time.

As Thea and her husband decided to immigrate to Canada in 2004 she saw her calling as promoting Encaustic, giving workshops and networking to share as much knowledge as possible. People commented that she had a natural talent for connecting. She was not only an artist, but a facilitator with a passion for creating with beeswax. She was member of several local Arts Councils, past Board member of the International Encaustic Artists and a proud RipOff Artist.

In 2008 she was awarded active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists, and several of her Encaustic pieces have won prizes and/or sold in their juried shows. In 2013 Thea received the SOWINS award for enriching our community through her talents and commitment to visual arts.


Bethany took over the encaustic art distribution role with Thea's support
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