I live in the mountains of the Wasatch Range north of Salt Lake City, Utah where the four seasons continue to keep the view forever in flux. I’m fortunate to have my studio surroundings in a serene, private and meditative space. I can simply walk out into my yard and see the distance horizon or become myopic and catch sight of a glistening spider web. For me, the inspiration is boundless and helps focus my riot of imagination and centers me onto the propinquity of making art.
I have been occupied in various creative activities since I can remember, from creating mosaics from bits of found objects to painting and sculpture and photography.
I received a BFA (fine arts degree) after completing an AA in graphic arts where many elements of design, art, photography and digital imagery merged. I believe you can see the result in the variety of my compositions, each imbued with a strong graphic sense.
Besides creating encaustic wax art, I also enjoy working in acrylics, watercolor, Oil and pastels.
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Flexibility in my art is important to me. As an art teacher I've found that I learn as much from the students as I give to them enriching each of us with shared insights and talents.
Just as one-forms a relationship with those near them or those whom they encounter often, I often form a bond with my subject matter. Photography and especially the portrait of historical people are intriguing and I find I want to tell an imagined story about them with my art. I'm curious about their lives and their histories. I search through my collection of hand written post cards until I find a name, or a story that melds with my invented or imagined life storyof the person in the photograph.
The encaustic hot wax process is a spontaneous medium where hot wax is applied to gesooed wood panels. It is typically layered to create more opaque, or more translucent effects, and can be combined with colored wax or collage materials (like photos or paper). Each layer of wax can also be scraped, textured or polished for a variety of finishes.
The methodical process of melting the wax, mixing the colors and knowing it came from thousands of bees going about their business makes encaustic wax art very enjoyable. Catching a hint of sweet smell from the natural bees wax, brushing the molten wax onto the birch panels and watching it cool to the beautiful transparent surfaces creates a calm and restful mood as I coax a story from the material and the found images.
Growing up in the West filled with romantic narrative and iconic imagery from the trailblazing pioneer to the spaghetti westerns are themes I enjoy creating. I like adding a modern graphic design to my oil paintings of western characters making them feel current and provide entertainment and humor to iconic images from the 60s.
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