The title of my most recent work Divergence, refers to the diverging approaches that I take with my work, but also reflects the growing divergence between humanity, the critical state of our climate and our geopolitical landscape. I work with encaustic, the ancient medium and oldest known pigment binder that combines natural beeswax, resin and pigment. Working with this medium over the past twenty five years has allowed me to develop and innovate several different approaches unique to my work. Each painting is made up of several layers of pigmented wax. The work evolves into its own detailed world through the alchemy of materials. The paintings are geological as much as they are celestial, abstract and astronomical. The art I create is often in response to sociological dualities using science as its construct, with the aim to provoke thought and emphasize the beauty and wonder inherent in our rapidly changing world.


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