My most recent exhibit title refers to diverging forces in the work itself, and with our changing climate and geopolitcal landscape. I work with encaustic, the ancient medium and oldest known pigment binder that combines natural beeswax, resin and pigment. Advances in technology have allowed me to combine this centuries old medium with inspiration from drone, aerial and satellite photography. The malleability of the encaustic medium has enabled me to develop techniques using irons and torches to trap air in the hot molten wax to build the surfaces and “terrains” of my paintings. Each piece evolves into its own detailed environment, through the alchemy of the materials. They are geologic as much as they are celestial, abstract and astronomical. My work expresses such dualities with the aim to bring forth the beauty, chaos and wonder inherent in our rapidly changing world. 


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