Splash Gallery Member since 2021
I’m an encaustic artist. My work is inspired by nature; not just the beauty I experience visually, but the serenity, wildness, and ferocity I experience emotionally. Each one of my pieces is a unique expression of that experience. The tools I use and media I include in my paintings are those that allow me to express what I experience visually and emotionally. This means I might use a twig from a tree to apply India ink or create a stamp from a leaf or shell that I found on a walk. Many of my paintings use pigmented shellac because it helps me convey delicate, lace patterns. I prefer using translucent colors as I build my layers of wax to create a sense of depth with the viewer.
Art has been an important part of my life from a very early age. Over the years, I’ve worked with a variety of media to include inks, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal and oil paint. My evolution into encaustic painting has been a result of exploring different media through self-exploration and artist workshops. My current work has been influenced by encaustic and abstract artists from past and present. Their work has been critical to the discovery of my own voice as an artist. I continue to develop and refine my techniques through experimentation and instruction from other encaustic artists, including the year long encaustic class in which I am currently enrolled.