After working in glass, ceramics, fiber and acrylic paint, in 1992, I was introduced to encaustic paint and have been working with it since then.
Encaustic is a beeswax based paint. It's use dates back to the early Greeks in the 1st century B.C. and is now being used by contemporary artists who are attracted to its versatility. A mixture of waxes and pigments is applied hot to a wooden surface allowing the artist to achieve interesting textures and sculptural effects by layering, scraping and carving. Wax transforms these paintings into translucent, archaeological sites allowing the viewer to see through the surface and peer back into time.
Painting spontaneously without plan, I respond directly to the paint, color and texture; images form and reform, dissolve and resolve in a non-logical way. Over time, shapes and symbols reappear without my conscious decision to use them. It is a process that I go through to trick and frustrate that part of me that follows rules, uses logic and sees things "the way they really are."
When the summer heat makes working with wax difficult, I turn to making jewelry. Putting together colors, shapes and textures is what I love to do in all my art making. Playing with beads, stones and hand made silver allows me to create fun, funky and wearable pieces of art.