R&F Handmade Paints was established in 1988. Since that time it has been instrumental in the expansion of encaustic painting throughout the United States, Canada and beyond. R&F manufactures small batches of encaustic colours to ensure the highest possible quality. In 1990 R&F developed Pigment Sticks, of which Bill Creevy in The Oil Painting Book / Watson-Guptill, 1994 said, “Of all the brands of oil sticks currently on the market, none can compare in quality and beauty to R&F Pigment Sticks.”
R&F Handmade Paints produces 102 Pigment Stick colours and 94 Encaustic colours.