There were two others similar to this one and the three won the Juror's Choice Award. Three powerful pieces.
I'm partial to encaustics after learning about the technique a few years ago. From jocelynaudette:
Encaustic paintings are painted with beeswax, resin, and pigment. It is an ancient process that was used by the Egyptians and Greeks, and examples have been found in Egyptian tombs. Generally, the painting process involves using a hot palette to melt and mix the colored wax, painting it onto the panel using a brush, and fusing the layers with a heat gun. All paintings are on wood panels which provide a rigid and supportive surface.While the encaustic paintings I've seen have depth, this piece takes that to another level.
Have a good day. Make some kind of genuine contact with your quirky relatives.