The physical wonders of the world spark my imagination, and as an artist, I feel compelled to respond through the creation of art. I thrive on the challenge of visually interpreting the sublime and all that we cannot see or comprehend. The narrative for my work initiates itself by way of navigating through the alchemy of its materials.
My studio practice is fluid and multidisciplinary. Through the use of four approaches, encaustic and oil painting, drawing and printmaking, the work weaves a continuous thread. What remains of each process often goes right back into the work. The texture from one painting can become the graphite rubbing, transfer or collage for another painting; one or several printing plates can be printed and used interchangibly as prints or paintings and, my encaustic colors often mimic the inks I mix for prints. I work as if I am facilitating a conversation between all disciplines. There is a lot of staging and list making involved in my process, drawing and conceptualizing before actual execution. I spend part of each day gathering visual imagery, reading, meditating, and practicing yoga. Each component informs the other using the fundamental building blocks of line, color, texture, composition, and light.
My work explores the contradictions between chaos, the indifference of nature and science’s heroic efforts to understand through exploration. Engagement with the contemporary world fosters a preoccupation with science, nature, the sublime and beauty.
Ongoing developments in astronomy, physics, and the environment further enhance my visual vocabulary, as I continue to discover and innovate new ways of working. By way of disseminating the rapid delivery of information in our 24/7 news cycle, I aim to visually distill it through combinations of oil paint, wax, and printmaking. Previous and current bodies of work have been influenced by the God Particle, Higgs-Boson, Solar Flares, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Pluto Flyby, the ice shelves that continue receding and most recently, gravitational waves.
The way I challenge myself with mediums and subject matter directly reflects the very day to day challenges of what it is to be an artist. By staying open and curious, my studio practice and means of creating is rooted in continual learning and unearthing.