I have always been an artist, but it wasn't until 2009 that I finally believed I was one and allowed
myself to follow my dreams. After two degrees in engineering and a number of years working as
a sustainability consultant, I realized I was always thinking about art, painting and creating - not
consulting. So my husband and I built a studio where I could work on my art and he could have his
wood workshop. While I still write and consult from time to time, I prefer to spend my time in the
studio - painting, drawing and experimenting - or out in nature, playing and finding inspiration for
my next series of works.
I work largely with encaustic, milk paint, charcoal/pencil, oil and watercolor. I draw inspiration from
aerial photography, mountains, trees, inclement weather, the atmosphere, and pictures I take with
my phone and Instagram. Right now I am fascinated by how I can make wax act the part of the
atmosphere in order to create ethereal and dreamy landscapes. I work from my memory and my
own photographs and use encaustic as a way to capture and preserve those moments. And just
like my memory, the re-creation is not picture perfect - it is hazy, saturated, and highlighted in the
way that I can best recall.
Encaustic painting is a very old painting technique using beeswax, and damar resin to create rich,
organic and beautiful works of art. To paint with encaustic, I heat the wax+pigment+resin
compound to a liquid phase and then paint on a hard surface. Afterwards, the wax is fused with
high heat to bond it to the other layers. My paintings also feature milk paint, which is a non-toxic,
casein-based paint, which bonds well with the encaustic and gives me the precision I need to
create my scenes.
Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Spring 2007)
Atmosphere & Energy Program, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (May 2003)
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
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