I have been an artist my whole life - I just didn't always know how this art would express itself. As a counselor, an educator, a mom, and a traveller, it has always been the creative expressions in these endeavors that have continued to draw me into a more inspired life.
I am influenced by travel, and its ability to bring us out of our comfort zone- and into a realm where we feel more connected to the natural world and its inhabitants. My art is a reflection of collected stories from a lifetime of adventures. It is an expression of a feeling of a place-that comes through in my colors and gestures. I am a largely self taught artist. Tapping into the emotion of a place, my intention is for the art to walk the line between what we see and what we perceive. I hope you find it as worthy to explore as I do to share.
Working with Cold Wax paste is a very unique, organic, and intuitive process.. Cold Wax Medium is a paste of beeswax and a small amount of solvent. It has a soft, butter-like consistency. By adding the cold wax paste to oil paints, I work in layers to add textures, line and form. In the beginning of each piece, I will have an idea and a feeling of a place that I am trying to convey . At some point in each piece however, the paint and the wax begin to really "speak", and I respond and paint based on not only what I originally intended, but what is organically emerging in front of me.. The wax allows for some transparency of the colors and for the different layers to show through, adding depth to the painting.. Like a story being written-layer upon layer- a painting is created and then scraped back to reveal pieces of its past.