Colorful Surfer Grid - CODAworx

Colorful Surfer Grid

Submitted by Shawn Ehlers

Client: Private client

Location: Watermill, NY, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $12,000

Project Team


Shawn Ehlers




Surfer photographs embellished with encaustic wax form a grid. The four pieces measuring 32″x32″ are photographed with Polaroid cameras. They are then scanned, printed and mounted on birch wood. Encaustic wax is applied with a brush and then worked with a palette knife and heat gun to create texture which mimics the water. The pieces are then polished numerous times which results in a luminous surface. Arranged together they tell their stories of passion and dreams.


Selected to beautify a living room space in a private residence.


Artwork was seen by the client in a gallery and the gallery owner collaborated with the client. Works were selected and the project completed within the 6 week time frame as per the agreement.