"Flowers in Sea Foam" 2020, Encaustic and Mixed Media on Cradled Wood, 10" x 10"
"Originally raised near the beaches of southern California, I look forward to every opportunity to put my toes in the sand. I've spent many summers as a young girl, floating out in the wave breaks, poised and waiting to dive under the endless sets of waves. Since moving from the west coast, I’ve lived in many places typically near a body of water; be it lake, river, canal or sea.
I find peace in the warmth of summer and all that coincides with the season. In our fast-paced world, it is nice to slow down and watch the slower pace of nature. I've always paid attention to the ocean, waves and sea foam to be more specific. I resonated with the ocean; its color, its movement, crashing waves that turn into fizzing sea foam. With the reduction of travel right now, wild flowers have drawn my attention more so lately. I enjoy their random vivid color, continuous movement and the ability to regenerate so quickly. I try to work both subjects into my artwork while in my studio. Although I walk into my studio with an inspiration, I'm not always sure where my current creation will take me. Having an open mind to opportunity, the design typically blooms after I start to get some colors on the skillet, my non-traditional palette.
Encaustic medium gives me the ability to paint while including my love for the depth of texture. Long ago I worked with clay and although I never returned to the medium, I have found a new way to build and mold. Working in hot wax keeps the ideas fresh and developing quickly before it returns to room temperature. It's a wonderful and rewarding process of creating, adding, removing and recycling to create the final product."