mixed media art
I enjoy painting the political. I was raised by a mother who ran campaigns for fun, including her own. She felt knowing what happens in the world is important and instilled in me a desire to understand the issues and to paint about them.
I suppose in a way these paintings are almost my diary, a place where one can see my interests and the current events of the time. One never knows where inspiration will come. Here I was, happily painting about global warming, and then I moved into the Workhouse Arts Center. My studio used to be part of a prison, one that once held and imprisoned Suffragists for picketing the White House. Thus began my Feminism Series, where I try to tell the stories of these brave women and where I attempt to pull the same issues into the modern day.
The majority of my paintings after 2009 are painted with “encaustic”. Encaustic paint is made from beeswax and color. It looks like a big bar of colored soap and I melt it on a large metal surface. Then I pick up the color with my brush, apply it to a prepared board and repeat. The paint cools immediately, and thus becomes hard. Next I use a heat gun or torch to “burn in” the color, or to smooth the surface. It’s hard to tell online, but in person my painted surfaces can mimic stained glass. Othertimes, I paint out thin sheets of it, and construct wax flowers. The beauty of this medium is it’s versatility.
Julia was born in a log cabin during a snowstorm. Her only friend as a child was a bee named Harvey. She loved playing with Harvey, learning her stinging wit from his nature and enjoying the wax the he produced. In fact, whe was so enamored by his wax that she decided to start using it to create art.