Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as the transformation of “disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope). She has exhibited nationally and was featured in the April 2016 Maine Home + Design magazine’s profile “One to Watch” on standout artists in Maine. Vander Schaaf is a Core Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints and the former president of New England Wax. She is the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and International Encaustic Artists, and a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation. She has taught at Maine College of Art, Haystack, Penland, Rhode Island School of Design, The Encaustic Center, New Hampshire Institute of Art, South Shore Art Center, R&F Handmade Paints, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts, as well as internationally at Zijdelings in The Netherlands. She is an annual presenter at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA.