Statement of practice

My practice is diverse.  I enjoy mixing media, learning new methods of working and importing, say, printmaking into ceramics or ceramics into printmaking.  I’m technique oriented in that I learn everything about a medium which I later exploit and express in new and innovative ways. 

My practice lies in ceramics, printmaking, oil and cold wax and encaustics.  I love hopping between these different fields, allowing me to keep my work fresh, new and exciting as each practice informs the other.

I work with encaustic wax monotypes created on a hotbox to encaustic paintings with shellac burns utilizing torches.  Encaustics has expanded into printmaking utilizing encaustic wax medium mixed with Damar resin to create texture on collagraph plates that I run through a press using Akua inks and release agents.  This is extremely process-oriented utilizing encaustic in an altogether different way than intended – printmaking – resulting in prints that are embossed and appear organic and ethereal. 

For abstract painting, I enjoy using oil and cold wax.  I have melded my oil and cold wax paintings with prints by utilizing a silicone parchment paper technique.  Following completion of an abstract painting, I will rub a parchment paper print into the tacky painting.  The source of my prints are photographs from my personal library of photographs of the world around me and places visited.  I will take those experiential images and alter them in photoshop, print them on parchment paper and integrate them into my painting to get this fabulous mix of abstraction and realism, the dichotomy of the two exciting! 

My voice is bubbling with all things possible.  I love texture and I love exploring it in the many different media I work in.  I experiment with techniques:  My experience attending workshops, college and working with artists in different mediums has given me the ability to mix things up.  My voice is that I’m an accomplished artist in these diverse mediums and what comes with it is excitement for all things possible.  All mediums transfer to others

Following the building of my studio, I spent three years teaching to a few students and I immersed myself in glaze chemistry.  Then I went back to college and travelled to Alaska on a grant I received.  In Alaska I built raku kilns and learned