I’m a mixed-media artist who works primarily in photography, encaustic, cyanotype and painting mediums.
My photo/encaustic process always begins with a on-location photo shoot to capture my story. After selecting images I sometimes digitally manipulating them to add character. Next I have them printed on archival cotton rag paper and apply the prints to a wood panel. At that point, I start the process of adding and fusing encaustic medium (bees wax and damar resin). The final step in my process is to decide if I will incorporate other mixed media such as pan pastel, ink, pigmented encaustic wax, transfers, and texture. I have a passion for bringing together the ancient process of encaustic with photography as a way to bridge the past and present.
My cyanotype/painting process starts with treating printmaking paper with environmentally friendly, light-sensitive chemicals. After the paper dries, I intuitively create a composition of locally-collected plant life on top of the paper and then expose it to sunlight. Next the plant life is removed and the paper is rinsed with water to stop the photo development process. After the paper dries I hand paint in color and intuitive add in some mark making.
I’m especially drawn to nature and our oceans as my inspiration, having lived on the East Coast all my life. I sometimes use nautical maps in my pieces to connect the place with the artwork and share my love for travel with the viewer.
The ultimate objective of my work is to bring awareness to how we are all interconnected to the environment and the need to preserve it for future generations.