I am a painter and printmaker, primarily using encaustic (hot wax). My work is non-objective and portrait/figurative painting. I paint intuitively and process is an important part of the work. Each day working in my studio I start not knowing what image will emerge. I allow myself the freedom of indecisions, improvisations, and impulsiveness in my work, and that leads to exciting discoveries. I love the freedom of creating in real time. The element of surprise and reinvention can change the direction of the piece in just one moment.
Encaustic paintings are created on a surface that absorbs wax and is inflexible. I use birch substrates. I make my own medium and pigmented wax which is painted on the substrate with a brush and/or poured, and then various tools can be used to carve and scrape away to reveal the history below. Encaustic paintings are impervious to insects and water and are treated as any fine piece of art. They have a wonderful transparency that cannot easily be achieved with any other medium.
Encaustic monotypes are created on a hot plate. Pigmented wax bars are the paint, and they move freely over the hot top. When the painting is completed, paper is laid over the hot wax and gently rubbed so the wax adheres to the paper. Monotypes are a one of a kind print. What I love about the making of these prints is working with gesture, the love of line and irregular shape, spontaneous and in the moment, evidence of the artists hand in the making of a mark. They come from mind to hand to paper in very little time and without preconceived ideas about what they should be.
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