Works in Progress - All about my Process of Creating Art
I love to work with encaustic paints, beeswax, gouache, acrylics, pastels, ink, collage, and lino-cut prints to create multi-layered Mixed Media Paintings. Originally from Long Island, New York I Studied Fine Art with a studio concentration in Painting and Printmaking at SUNY Plattsburgh; BA 92'. I currently live and create my art in Hull, Massachusetts a quaint peninsula just south of Boston with picturesque views of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay.
I like to take photographs of nature while I am out walking or hiking with my husband Don, and my dog Bella. I use my photographs as another medium that I will often incorporate into my paintings. My most recent body of works were inspired by the beautiful seaside town that I call home. Back inside my studio, I typically start a new painting by heating up my hot plate, melting wax and printing out some of my photographs. Once the wax has melted; I apply it to Masonite board and I start to paint. I cut up my images and inlay them into the wax, layering them above and below more wax, more pigments, pastels, acrylics and ink. Beeswax is the perfect medium for me because it satisfies my sensory tactile needs. I can easily manipulate its surface by cutting it, scraping it, and layering it on thick or thin to achieve my desired results. I love the moodiness of a winter sky, the everchanging light that plays off a bare tree limb, the shadows along a deserted foot path, a desolate beach, and a transforming sea. Nature is my muse.
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