Some people carry their plein air enthusiasm to extremes. Mark Gottsegen is a plein air encaustic painter. He even made his own portable encaustic palette which he powers by attaching it to his big yellow Metro’s auxiliary power system.
Mark Gottsegen studied painting materials with Reed Kay, and painting with Philip Guston and James Weeks. He began teaching in 1974 and has taught drawing and painting at UNC Greensboro since 1976. Professor Gottsegen has been a member of ASTM International's subcommittee on artist's materials since 1978. In 2006 he became the Co-Director of the Art Materials Information and Education Network (AMIEN), a non-profit organization that is part of the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland, OH. He is a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and the author of A Manual of Painting Materials and Techniques (Harper & Row, 1986), and The Painter's Handbook (Watson-Guptill, 1993) a complete art materials reference guide.