Statement

My encaustic paintings are inspired by botany, geometry, ancient scripts and religious and literary symbols. Combining these elements with a love of color and texture, I create paintings that bridge the gap between representation and abstraction. I’m intrigued by the ways our minds perceive and alter information to suit our expectations, and I often explore these themes in my work. Current obsessions include the complexities of communication, the process of discovery, and that which is hidden in plain sight.

I work in encaustic because of its versatility and wonderful luminosity. Made of beeswax and resin, the medium is blended with pigments and/or paints for coloration. It is painted onto birch panels in a process that can result in up to twenty layers. I also incorporate additional materials like ink and shellac for line and texture, and I use various torches to manipulate and fuse the layers together.

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