Full Artist's statement
Poetry of Nature
The landscape places I study have a familiar but refreshing way as light changes form -- often highlighting subtleties of contour. Ever changing, atmospheric and dream-like, the land reflects a deep harmony and it is this presence that is the subject in my paintings.
Encaustic medium, comprised of molten beeswax, allows brushing, pouring and carving of surfaces that once cooled are lustrous and expressive of depth. In composing work, I often use flat shapes and color contrasts to suggest depth and atmosphere and allow the fluidity of wax to influence direction while working. From one point of view there is little control over molten wax and this characteristic opens an avenue of accident and risk. However, I think of this as the unpredictable and believe this quality inventive. Ultimately, my work becomes a process of revision of color and subject until I have a sense of rest that I believe expresses completion.