About the Artist
I had been an acrylic painter and photographer for over ten years, but I readily settled into encaustic painting in 2008 after seeing a demo at a local art store. I fell in love with the possibilities of the medium and immediately and began my online search for knowledge. By the time I moved to Baltimore MD in ‘09 I had tapped the internet fairly well and through books, experimentation and online classes I had enough knowledge to create a body of work and began showing and selling my art work there. In 2012 I moved to San Mateo CA and began teaching workshops, showing in galleries and selling local stores as well. I moved back to Austin four years ago and I have a lovely studio in north Austin where I continue my exploration in encaustic art and teach private students as well.
Texture drives my art. I am looking to refine, enhance or conceptualize the feel of what I experience. The fluidity of the encaustic medium offers access to depth, luminescence and a tactile quality leaving a painting that can be looked into as well as looked at. I strive for multiple dimensions that pull closer the rawness and beauty of earth, leading the eye through layers of color and images. Encaustic art is the process of painting with wax and literally means "to burn in". I have adapted this process in order to impact the earth minimally: I paint on cradled birch with a combination of clarified beeswax and tree resin resulting in a piece is stable from 25 to 125 degrees. I add pure pigments to the heated wax, paint and fuse each layer with heat . I will sometimes transfer or collage photographic images into the art and hand color with oils on top, sealing with a clear coat of the encaustic medium.I adore the physicality of building a painting layer by layer. Having my hands on wood wax and pigment, using fire to meld all that chaos together into a new creation inspires me to rethink my beliefs and reinterpret my relationship to earth and her beings. I feel as if I am able to tell my story by reconfiguring mother natures basic elements.