a bit about me

My work is inspired by nature; simply being outside and present in time. I aim to bring a part of that peace into my art. I paint in encaustics. Texture, light and atmospheric quality are my obsessions. I strive for a small escape in each painting.

I grew up in the mountains of California, went to college on the coast (UCSD), Graduate school in the MidWest (UW Madison), spent some time on the East Coast, and I am completely at home in the Pacific Northwest :) I am happiest when I am outside, and have been lucky to experience so many variations in the sky and earth.

***a bit about Encaustics***

I paint with encaustics. I limit myself to the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and black & white. I just really enjoy mixing colors from the basics :) Encaustic painting is an old technique that involves color pigments melted into bees wax and damar resin (sap). My palette is heated, I mix my colors on the palette, bring them over to the painting surface in a molten state, and they must be heated in order to manipulate. There are many layers that must be fused together with heat as I paint. The finished painting will have rich texture and depth. The light plays off of this texture, and can make the colors appear differently from different angles. It is a durable material, and is stable to 160degrees F.


Collections and Memberships

Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe NM :: work in permanent collection

Artwork in public, private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Panama, Belgium, France & UK

Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico :: Exhibiting Member

City of Kent, WA :: work in Public Art Collection

Education

MA Art Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison

BA Fine Art, University of California, San Diego