Josie Rodriguez is a practicing artist who has taught the ancient medium of encaustic painting from her home studio in Mission Hills. Encaustic comes from the Greek, enkaustikus, meaning to heat or burn. Heat is used at every stage of the fascinating process. As a visual artist Josie is inspired by the many designs in nature and believes that bees are collaborators in her process-truly science and art at work. She works two dimensionally but is known for her one of a kind wax vessels, assemblage and artist books. Josie has shown her work throughout the United States in both solo shows and juried group exhibitions. She has studied Encaustic in San Francisco, CA, Cortona, Italy and Malaga, Spain and holds a B.A. degree from San Diego State University, and M.A. from the University of San Diego.