WHAT IS ENCAUSTIC PAINTING?

I work in encaustics-a dimensional, sculptural art form. The process of blending pigment into molten beeswax, then fusing it onto wooden panels creates sensual depth & texture. I embed found objects into my pieces-petals, branches, scraps of thread or ribbon, occasionally on old sketch. I love the idea of incorporating my everyday world into a beautiful sealed fusion of depth & luminosity. I also love to switch from figurative work to scenes from nature-I find the line & form so interchangeable and enjoy the interplay of incorporating a similar feel to completely different subject matter. I feel it keeps my work fresh, as I'm constantly learning. The finished pieces almost glow because of the layers of refracted light. They smell wonderful, & tend to draw the viewer in to discover more. It's difficult for me to envision my work as separate from myself. It is an extension of who I am. The process enlivens me, the results calm & mystify me. Being able to share this w/ others is a gift I often find disconcerting-an uneven balance between the joy of finding someone who wants to share their space w/ my creations, & a selfish desire to keep them to myself.

IMAGES FROM NATURE | ENCAUSTICS

Pretty Little Whatnots

12" x 4" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

Bluedream

12" x 4" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

5 Roses, Tall

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

dusty rose

9" x 3" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

Red Fiesta

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

dusty rose ll

9" x 3" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

dusty rose lll

12" x 4" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

Tripleberry

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

Roses, Far East

12" x 4" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

bottoms up ll

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

out of the darkness

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

dusty

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

dusty ll

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

dusty lll

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

roses on a grey day

21" x 21" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

blueberry pop

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed $375.00

blueberry pop ll

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed $375.00

field of blue

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

glory day

18" x 24" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

petals in the breeze

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

yellow

9" x 3" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private collection

blue sky

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

misty ll

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

Frozen

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

reaching the sun

36" x 12" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed $1,100.00

misty l

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

misty lll

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

white moon rising

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private collection

white moon rising ll

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private collection

whitemoon rising III

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private collection

before the freeze

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private collection

good riddance

10" x 10" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded handmade paper on wooden panel, framed Private collection

before the freeze ll

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

before the freeze lll

6" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel, framed private collection

winters end

10" x 10" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded handmade paper on wooden panel, framed Private collection

blooms in the woods

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded petals, twigs on wooden panel, framed Private Collection

west va windstorm

12" x 6" x 1" encaustic on wooden panel Private Collection

into the woods

12" x 6" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel Private Collection

peace for japan ll

16" x 16" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel Private Collection

last tear

14" x 14" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded rose petals and twigs on wooden panel Private Collection

peace for japan

18" x 18" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded cherry blossoms and twigs on wooden panel Private Collection

orchid ll

12" x 12" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded orchid petals on wooden panel Private Collection

flowers for mark ll

24" x 36" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded rose petals, twigs, and ribbon on wooden panel Private Collection

orchid

12" x 12" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded rose petals and twigs on wooden panel Private Collection

survivors

20" x 16" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel Private Collection

poppies very red

18" x 24" x 1.5" encaustic with embedded ribbon on wooden panel Private Collection

red

12" x 12" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panel Private Collection

kinetic diptych

Diptych:(2) 12" x 16" x 1.5" encaustic on wooden panels Private Collection

Art was a means of communicating without speaking when I was young and painfully shy. Figurative elements have always found their way into my work, regardless of subject matter. I want the viewer to see how the lines and energy I use relate to humanity. How we are all connected through life’s cycle. 

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