Medium mixed media | painting
My abstracted designs may suggest natural elements to the viewer or not, but are always inspired by nature's beauty. Primarily I work in my Camden home studio in oil and cold wax medium, with a second body of work in encaustics. When traveling I create watercolor studies, and seasonally I make plein air 'starts' in oils. Materiality is important to my layering, texture-building process. While allowing layering, scraping and incision, beeswax also envelopes a great variety of ingredients in my paintings: dry pigments, graphite, charcoal, paper, or ink. Found natural materials have increasingly become added texture elements; for example ashes, charcoal, creosote from my wood stove and beach sand. My creative work started while I worked in environmental protection and I continue to seek opportunities to weave science and conservation into my art practice.