My work begins in nature – from a hike, a bike ride, a mountaintop vista or even just watching the clouds pass by. In an attempt to capture that moment, I translate the weather, the light, the movement of the trees, and the feel of the atmosphere into a painting. Working with encaustic allows me to layer sections of the landscape to create depth I could not otherwise with normal painting techniques. I start with a layer of wax, add color, seal it in wax, then add mountains and trees, more wax and so on until I’ve created 3D landscape in a 2D space. I make use of pigment sticks and milk paint along with the encaustic to create my atmospheric landscapes.
We live in the mountains outside of Park City, UT and every day I experience nature, weather, animals and the changing rhythms of the seasons. Our small cabin encourages us to spend more time outdoors, and sustainability practices, like our upcycled shipping container studio, help us minimize our impact on the environment. My husband builds my frames from reclaimed wood and works alongside of me in the studio. While I enjoy every moment of painting and creating, truly my favorite thing to do is spend time in nature, and my artwork requires me to experience the outdoors every moment I can.
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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