PROCESS & MEDIUMS
Self-taught, I blend color batches of acid-free alcohol ink; a relatively new pigmented alcohol-based paint medium. I can create extraordinarily vivid or subtle color with intricate detail and delicate restraint. I use unique non-porous surfaces to paint on, such as coated aluminum, Yupo paper, transparent polycarbonate, and on top of encaustic paintings. I use compressed air to manipulate the medium into my unique, colorful curvilinear forms. The delicate timing of 'when and where' to move or add the medium is crucial to my process since there is limited time before evaporation and drying, which causes it to either subtlety blend or have detailed flowing ridges. Ventilation is vital in my studio, and I often wear a respirator while working on more significant works too.
My use of painting with encaustic; a medium made up of beeswax, tree resin, and pigment, which needs to be heated to work with it. I came to encaustic after experimenting with waxes as a post-fired medium on my clay sculptures in 2005-6. In 2006, I began painting with encaustic, employing a multitude of electric skillets to melt and blend the medium into a fluid state and blowtorch to fuse between each layer while manipulating with sculpting tools. The tactile luscious surface quality of the medium took over my studio for the following ten years before I transitioned to using alcohol ink.
In 2004 after moving to Asheville NC, a clay hub of sorts, I immersed myself back into sculptural clay hand building; it was a medium I had worked in as a teenager and was keen to resume. I experimented with different kinds of post-fired wax finishing, instead of traditional glazing, which led me to use encaustic wax paint on my sculpture. I began encaustic painting with great success, but it was a time-consuming medium. It became increasingly more difficult for me to carve out time in my sculpture studio. In 2015, I introduced alcohol ink to my repertoire of mediums to work with, which gives me time for sculpture. In 2018, I have re-introduced sculpture in different mediums back into my schedule, which should be available late 2018.