Artist Statement

Encaustic painting is a way to create abstract form in a way that is both measured and unexpected. It is a planned state until it is no longer that state.

Informed by the natural environment, the images that evolve out of beeswax and pigment are intended to communicate conflicting concepts. Concepts relating to the complexity of life–the composed against the mystical, the beautiful alongside the grotesque, the colorful hovering near the haunted, the darkness next to the light–are all part of the creative process.

The physical act of creating narrative by adding, subtracting, pouring, incising, and scraping components is an important conditional element meant to connect to each piece and it's unique moment of focus. Ultimately knowing when to stop is more of a feeling than a clear step in the process—but imagine that absoluteness of satisfaction one has after eating a good meal, when a clear stopping point is reached, that second of knowing when all is well, you have successfully fed your body another day. You will survive! It is this sense of completeness that drives and directs this work. 
 
 
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