Dimensions: 13″ x 19″
Media: encaustic Painting on Wood
Fair Market Value: $350
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My interest in art began after traveling alone through Europe and spending time in the museums and galleries there. I had very little exposure to art prior to my trip, and walking through the Musee de l’Orangerie and the Pompidou Centre was metamorphic. The variety of art and the range of emotions it evoked astonished me. When I returned home, I began independent drawing and painting lessons before studying art at UNC Asheville and Penland School of Crafts.
I grew up in Michigan, lived in Wilmington, NC, for ten years, and have now been in Asheville, NC, for eleven years. I find great inspiration in nature, and the quiet, winter fields of Michigan and peaceful blue horizons of Lake Michigan and the Carolina coast often appear in my work. When something captures me, I begin with sketches to find the lines and contours that communicate the gesture or feeling of the image. Then I allow the painting to develop on its own.
I love the spontaneity that occurs with the encaustic process. The medium requires that I give up a lot of control because each layer of wax is fused with heat, which moves the surface of the painting and the images I’ve created. I love the ethereal, dream-like quality of wax, and when I consider a new painting or drawing I can’t help but imagine each mark under a layer of wax.