about the art
Thank you for your interest in looking at my artwork.
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.
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.