As a lifelong creator, I have often felt as though I am a vessel combining different art materials to navigate my interpretation of the human experience. Making art has always been essential for as long as I continue to have something to say and feel compelled to create. My work attempts to abstractly synthesize my observations in nature and science and distill it into some form of beauty as a reflection of our rapidly evolving contemporary world.
Current Exhibit: Divergence
The title of my current exhibit refers to diverging forces in the work itself, and with our changing climate and geo-politcal 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 our rapidly changing world.
My studio practice is fluid and multidisciplinary and explores the contradictions between chaos, the indifference of nature and the human impulse to
comprehend through exploration. Encaustic is the ancient medium that combines natural beeswax, resin and pigment. With it, I have discovered ways to paint and print from its textures to create geologic surfaces that match the subject matter of my work. The flexibility, instant drying time, and fragility yet durability of the encaustic medium, allows me to easily work as both an oil painter and a printmaker. Using four mediums, the work weaves a continuous symbiotic thread facilitating a conversation between all disciplines.