tony hernandez was born in 1964 in Atlanta where he still resides today. he attended the art institute of atlanta and went on to the southern college of technology where he studied architecture. tony paints children who are waiting for hope. they are vessels of peace and enlightenment. he paints on birch panel with thin layers of beeswax and damar resin melted together to create a wax medium called encaustic. the word encaustic is derived from a greek word meaning "to burn in" and has existed for several thousand years. using a blowtorch, hernandez fuses this wax medium and oil pigment causing the wax to engulf the pigment and allowing for the addition of more layers of wax. a specific amount of paint is applied to each layer then the heat infiltrates the paint so that the color is suspended in the wax before progressing to the next layer. this meticulous process achieves a deep, three-dimensional illusion that the image itself is afloat within the composition. his technique creates the mysterious depth and shadow that he is known for. the san francisco museum of fine art purchased his work for their permanent collection and the musical group train bought the rights to some of his paintings for their album artwork.