In this series of work I am using encaustics through landscape imagery. The simplicity of the open sky, clouds,grasslands,and wetlands has allowed me to create different times of the day, and the impact of the changing light throughout the day and evening. The darkness/ light of the images asks the question “Is the storm coming? Is the storm over?” The contrast of the light and dark embodies the contrasting times I live in. The minimal simplicity of the grasslands/ wetlands and skies can be expressed either through contrasting values, as well heavily colored surfaces. Each piece of artwork offers the viewer a different atmosphere to respond to. The imagery used,can evolve from my emotional memory and impressions of my daily life living in Colorado.
I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had to exhibit my work in Massachusetts,Vermont, North and South Carolina, Colorado and Germany.
Encaustic wax painting is a historical painting technique, where the wax is heated, and painted with. Encaustic paint is a combination of melted beeswax with damar crystals and added color pigment. The paint is solid at room temp. But when heated and melted it can be applied to a surface. With heat tools, layers of the wax medium, oil pigments, can be added or subtracted to the surface. The painting of melted wax was recorded about 2000 years ago.