We connect with art intuitively. We respond to the aesthetics; the colors, composition, patterns, textures and shapes; from our personal sense of beauty. We respond to the content; the abstract qualities or subject realism from our life experiences. We respond to art emotionally; feeling peaceful, agitated, or intrigued.
My paintings reveal and celebrate the mysteries within us: the mysteries of the heart. Life is short and time is precious. All of life is gift. I believe that we are meant to live fully and joyfully the gift of life. I strive to discover meaning in the mysteries of life. Death and loss are part of life, but if not understood can cause brokenness and isolation. I strive to discover hope and beauty, meaning and connectedness through the creative process. My paintings explore the ways that we relate with each other. They honor the diversity of our life experiences, begin a dialogue that enables us to discover what’s beneath the surface, affirm our unique journeys, express love and loss, and seek to understand grief and redemption. My work explores concepts of timelessness, beauty, energy, and spirituality.
My process is very sensorial. I utilize hot encaustic wax, oil paint, lacquer paint, shellac and graphite. I love exploring the infinite variety of effects achievable through a few simple materials. Particularly exciting and challenging are shellac burns wherein my only control is the length of time the flame burns. It is critical to me to allow my work to evolve out of the process and to let the medium define the results. I believe that the medium and the process together evoke a mysterious energy and tranquil quality.
I hope you enjoy discovering my work. It is displayed in private, academic, and institutional collections across the country and in Europe. If you are interested in further conversations please contact me. I’d love to connect.
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