As an artist for most of my life, I have been particularly drawn to mediums that change form and texture with heat and pigments. Encaustic medium, forged by heat and fire, transforms ideas into abstract and realistic impressions. My paintings, mostly inspired by botanical and landscape subjects, include the use of metallic pigments, oil sticks, shellac, found objects, jewels and beeswax medium painted or poured onto a variety of wooden substrata. The materials lend themselves to endless possibilities such as scraping to discover layers, and carving to define shapes. The variability of the encaustic paint is challenging, exhilarating and exciting. Because the encaustic medium is liquid for about two or three seconds, the time that it takes for the brush to go from the paint pot to the painting, it cannot be manipulated too carefully or too much. Layer upon layer the image emerges with depth and translucency.
It is my hope that my art inspires each viewer to contemplate both real and imagined images. That each piece draws the viewer into a thought, a memory, or an image found in a pause, a moment of silence or through an extended pondering.
Artists Open Studio Dates
December 1, 2
I found my way to encaustic painting while visiting art galleries in Charleston, South Carolina. This old city full of history led me to discover the revitalization of an art form that reaches as far back as the 5th century B.C. The earthy and exquisitely ethereal qualities of beeswax and pigments spoke to me. I was drawn to the movement of color, the sensuality of texture and the enigmatic depths of the materials allowing me to look into as well as look at a painting. As serendipitous life tends to be, I returned home to find the advertisement for an up and coming International Encaustic Conference in a mailing I had received from Castle Hill Arts in Truro, Massachusetts. The rest as they say is history.