painting & drawing : Encaustic

Encaustic paintings use layers of colored wax melted together with heat, creating a velvety, luminous surface. My encaustic work focuses on abstract landscapes and nature studies. I love the medium because it pushes me to create emotional work centered on color, gesture and form.

cascadia winter

In December 2016 I participated in a nine-day artist residency in Vancouver, Washington, where I created a series of larger format encaustic paintings directly inspired by the Pacific Northwest winter landscape, incorporating locally found objects.

The paintings were completed in the studio immediately after hours spent exploring local creeks and marshes in rain, snow and sun, collecting details and debris.

Some of the paintings express a specific moment, others are an accumulated memory of the landscape.
Winter Sky I, 2016
Winter Sky I, 2016
Winter Sky II, 2016
Winter Sky II, 2016
Winter Sky III, 2016
Winter Sky III, 2016
Salmon Creek I, 2016
Salmon Creek I, 2016
Salmon Creek II, 2016
Salmon Creek II, 2016
Tall Grass, 2016
Tall Grass, 2016
Wind Seeds I, 2016
Wind Seeds I, 2016
Wind Seeds II, 2016
Wind Seeds II, 2016
Rain over Marshlands, 2016
Rain over Marshlands, 2016
Promise of Rain I, 2016
Promise of Rain I, 2016
Promise of Rain II, 2016
Promise of Rain II, 2016
Storm Light, 2016
Storm Light, 2016
Clearing Storm, 2016
Clearing Storm, 2016
Wetlands, Afternoon, 2016
Wetlands, Afternoon, 2016
Marsh Dusk, 2016
Marsh Dusk, 2016
Evergreen, 2016
Evergreen, 2016
Copse, 2016
Copse, 2016
Still Waters, 2016
Still Waters, 2016
Color Study II - Green Seeds, 2016
Color Study II - Green Seeds, 2016
Winter Movement, 2016
Winter Movement, 2016
Underfoot I, 2016
Underfoot I, 2016
Cascade, 2016
Cascade, 2016
Underfoot III, 2016
Underfoot III, 2016
River's Edge, Winter (triptych), 2016
River's Edge, Winter (triptych), 2016
Underfoot IV, 2016
Underfoot IV, 2016

ocean

Between 2011 and 2013, I produced several series of small-scale paintings inspired by Hawaii landscapes and seascapes.
deep ii, 2013
deep ii, 2013
shallows, 2011
shallows, 2011
tideline i, 2011
tideline i, 2011
deep i, 2011
deep i, 2011
kelp shallows, 2012
kelp shallows, 2012
tideline ii, 2011
tideline ii, 2011
current, 2013
current, 2013

creation

creation, 2013
creation, 2013
born in fire iii, 2012
born in fire iii, 2012
born in fire iv, 2012
born in fire iv, 2012
i am, 2012
i am, 2012
born in fire i, 2011
born in fire i, 2011
born in fire ii, 2011
born in fire ii, 2011

winter

winter mood i, 2013
winter mood i, 2013
winter mood ii, 2013
winter mood ii, 2013
winter mood iii, 2013
winter mood iii, 2013
winter stream i, 2013
winter stream i, 2013
winter stream ii, 2013
winter stream ii, 2013
black ice, 2011
black ice, 2011
cracked ice, 2011
cracked ice, 2011
dawn frost, 2011
dawn frost, 2011
dusk frost, 2011
dusk frost, 2011
winter trees, 2011
winter trees, 2011

etc...

untitled, 2016
untitled, 2016
color waves, 2013
color waves, 2013
dusky rose, 2013
dusky rose, 2013
journey, 2013
journey, 2013
untitled, 2013
untitled, 2013
untitled, 2013
untitled, 2013
untitled, 2013
untitled, 2013
untitled, 2013
untitled, 2013
yellow, 2013
yellow, 2013
untitled, 2012
untitled, 2012
untitled, 2012
untitled, 2012
autumn, 2011
autumn, 2011
silver veil, 2011
silver veil, 2011
summer, 2011
summer, 2011