ABOUT
Background...

I guess you'd say I've been an artist my entire life.  Things were never quite as they should be unless I had a project, or several, in work.  Like most children, my earliest art memories involve coloring, drawing, and painting.  I recall having a fondness for foil papers in primary school and creating crafts covered in the shiny, rich colored papers.  
Growing up in the 70's and 80's I remember making the crafting fads of the day including macrame, ceramics, candle making, and sewing my own clothes. 

It wasn't until high school that I took my first real art class.  I had kept an art portfolio where  like many teenage girls, I drew pictures of fashion in the style of Nagel and Beardsley. 
I was fortunate to have an art teacher who saw the importance of exposing his students to a wide range of media.  He had an intuitive nature and in hindsight, I see how he saw each of his student's artistic gifts and strategically guided us to a specific media.  When an intern working on her teaching certification arrived specializing in batik, I was encouraged to be one of a select few to work with her.   I was hooked, and spent the majority of my senior year immersed in fabric, wax and dye. 

In 1988, I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on textiles.  Along with batik I worked extensively in weaving, block printing and marbeling. I also spent many hours in the drawing and painting studios. 

Throughout the years I continued to create.  Sometimes experimenting with something new or working with what I could afford to do.  Often moving from one media to another.
I realize now that I have always been searching for an art form that I could speak through.  Something that would challenge me, utilize my strengths, and allow for change.
After raising my girls I began to devote time to artistic endeavors by taking various workshops through a local artist guild.  During an introductory class on encaustics, I knew I had finally found what I'd been looking for. 

My husband Bret and I were married in 2014 and I relocated from Western Washington to the Tri-cities.  Bret built me a studio in our home where I was finally able to work freely and experiment without boundaries. 
We simply began by working collaboratively to create art for our home.  Bret built frames for each piece and as walls filled up, we began to hang paintings on the wall of the garage! 

Through Bret's encouragement and that of  friends and family, I began to show and become involved in other art ventures. 

Encaustic is never boring.  It often gets bossy, and forces a change of direction.  What I love most is that I can never recreate it. 

The Studio Today...

Working with wax is the current  focus of my studio. 
Although I primary work in encaustic, I have began to experiment with cold wax.  I enjoy the feel of painting and scraping and achieving a completely different scope of effects. 
My subject matter varies from recognizable images to more abstract.  I am most inspired by landscape and the natural world.  I ultimately consider myself a colorist.  I love to play with color and use it as the primary means by which I convey meaning in pieces.  I often scribe spiritual messages into my work.

I can't deny, I also love printmaking, especially intaglio, and someday hope to get back into it.  However, this will require a space free of paint and wax.  So for now, I'm thoroughly enjoying what I have.

I occassionally host my own encaustic workshops, and maintain a Facebook page where I post new work in progress and provide additional information about future shows and classes. 

Recently, I've introduced some textiles.  It begins with high resolution photos of my work.  I upload the images to a website and create fabric prints.  Once I receive the fabric, I create accessories such as throw pillows and scarves.