Panama City, Florida
(artist statement) In my youth, my dream was to be an artist. Always the creative and imaginative one, that dream was awakened in 2005 when I took an acrylic painting workshop. Now a full time artist, I work primarily in encaustics – the ancient process of painting with molten beeswax, tree resin and pigments. I have a deep connection with and concern for the earth. Using a medium made from natural elements strengthens that connection. My paintings are imaginative but rooted in the beauty and fragility of our natural world. Each painting has upwards of 30 layers of wax, each fused with a torch, heat gun or iron to the layer below to become one integrated surface. A layer may be scratched and stained or gently heated to create a smooth translucent surface. This medium is so fluid it takes on a life of its own. As the colors are heated they dance and swirl, sometimes combining, sometimes separating into unpredictable lines and organic shapes. By adding shellac, ink, mica and other media I hope to have a painting that is bold yet ethereal and sparks the imagination.