“Get outside!” I say to myself when life becomes a dizzying array of tedious to do’s. I throw on whatever the appropriate footwear may be at the moment and go. A long intense walk in the snow covered woods or a ponderous stroll along the sun drenched beach. I stop and stare at natures wonders. I am humbled by its beauty, power and presence. It carries my sub conscience away to a serene, solace place. I welcome the calm like a warm embrace. mindfulness can be hard to find.
I bring my camera. I want to capture the stormy sky, the ever-changing light that plays off a tree limb, the glistening sunlight breaking through the canopy of a forest, the trees casting their shadows along a footpath, the explosiveness of wildflowers blooming in a field, the contrast of a horizon against the vastness of the ocean but these photos are just the beginning.
When I return to my studio I want to recreate those places, and the feelings they evoked. I splice up my photos heat up the wax, organize my brushes, choose my paint colors, and peel the paper covering my Pastels.
I want to share with my viewer what I saw and felt.
Nature is my muse.
My work is a reflection of the inherent effects that nature has on the human mind, spirit and body.
Blustery 10” x 8” Encaustic w/beeswax, pigments, ink, collage
Wild Daisies 10” x 8” Encaustic w/beeswax, pigments, oil, collage
Worlds End 5” x 5” Encaustic w/oil, collage
Vernal Pool 24” x 24” Encaustic w/pigments, oil pastel, collage