Name: Rick Hidalgo
Location: Wilminton, DE
How long have you used epoxy resin?
I added epoxy into my process approximately 5 years ago.
Why did you choose epoxy?
I was actually working primarily in encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) when I discovered epoxy. I had my work in a group exhibition at a local gallery where a child accidentally knocked a painting of mine off the wall. When I got the notice of the incident, the first though in my mind was one of disappointment in myself. It has always been a goal of mine to provide quality workmanship in everything that I do so I knew I had to find a solution to the fragility of the encaustic medium. I began experimenting with epoxy resin and found that it was exactly what I was looking for.
What are your choice mediums?
For starters, I exclusively on wood panel unless I have a project that specifically calls for stretched canvas. Most of the materials I use don’t agree with flexible surfaces and I’ve been known to really “work” the painting, so having a strong substrate is key for me. Once my panel is built and primed, I can get into the additives.
I have experimented with so many materials that it is hard to pick one of anything! From testing pure pigments, inks, acrylics, and dyes, to scraping through fire pits to find a charcoal that produce an iridescent effect. Each medium has something unique to offer when applied with epoxy.
What are your “Must-Have” supplies?
- Your choice of MAS epoxy
- Mask(with proper filter)
- Wood panels
- Edge lock or Frog tape
- A level
- A propane torch
- Mixing cups
- Mixing sticks
- Small adhesive spreader
- Guerra Powdered pigment
- Golden Fluid acrylic paint
- Jacquard Alcohol ink
What advice or tips would you to give to someone just starting out?
Things I try to keep in mind:
• Be patient with yourself.
• “Get to know” the medium.
• Make mistakes.
• Learn From Them.
• Finish everything you start.
• Use gloves and a mask when working.
• Use a level.
• Just show up.
• Begin anywhere.
What are the qualities to look for in a resin you would use for your art?
When choosing an epoxy resin for a painting or project, I consider a few things:
- color(non-yellowing properties)
- curing time
I use resin for my artwork, woodworking and furniture so different process’ cause me to desire different qualities while working with it. On average, I am most drawn to a product with extremely glossy, high clarity, med-thick viscosity, and a working time of about 45 minutes.
I currently have two dedicated spaces for working. Each with a different purpose. One is a gallery and studio space that I opened in my hometown just a couple of years ago. I wanted to find a local gallery that showed contemporary art like mine and I couldn’t, so I made one. From this, I have found so many benefits to working in a “co-working” environment for artists. It has helped me to meet more like minded people, meet more buyers, show my work often, get critiques, and I become 100% more productive.
My second studio is also a similar environment with many artists but its closer to the city where I currently live. I got this studio with plans to work on multiple larger scale paintings and continue to grow in my career. Im now in the process of gearing up for the next couple big projects!