I am a multimedia artist living in and around the lovely little town of Brattleboro, VT, a town rich in artistic expression and earnest support for artists. Over the years, I have worked in many mediums and art forms, including clay, mosaic, jewelry, acrylics, and more. It was my discovery of encaustic painting and my immediate love for it that set me on a new artistic course.
Encaustic painting offers layer upon layer of possibility. In both process and product, the medium encourages a dance between intention and happenstance. For me, this lesser-known medium offers a very comfortable, versatile physical interface full of interweaving layers and unplanned effects. Using a combination of bees wax and dammar resin, oil pigment sticks and various found objects, these encaustic paintings are a collage-like ensemble of texture, color and form, embedded and revealed through assorted layers of additions and subtractions. I never know what it will become when I begin. It’s like I’m going on a journey with no clear idea where I’m going or when it will end… and I LOVE that! The many discoveries and surprises are a big part of why I love doing it.
My work combines vivid color and gentle forms, often suggesting ambiguity with motion and movement. Each painting is finished when it reflects back to me parts of myself. I imagine that the incredible joy I feel while creating the paintings is somehow captured in each of them.