I have been an artist since I could hold a brush. I like to play with paint, create imagery, not duplicate reality. Primarily a watercolorist, but have always enjoyed exploring new mediums and creative possibilities. When I look back over my body of work, I see my paintings like a diary of my life. There are pieces in my archives that call to me. I study them, assessing what worked and where I might now see something totally different. I learn from this and see it as a part of my growth as an artist and find ways to improve my techniques.
My work is influenced by the transitions my life holds: it is infused with years of my memories and my imagination. It allows me to express myself fully, incorporating all my creative endeavors. In my wax-work, I cut pieces from my various collections, some which date back to 1973, and reassemble them to give each creation depth and a new life. Using encaustic techniques each piece is layered with beeswax, color pigment and/or crayons enhancing its texture and color.
Currently, I have continued my recycle, repurpose, recreate working with archived watercolors. Some call it mosaic or collage, but not really, I just call it paper art. Some pieces are torn or cut and occasionally I will overpaint an archived piece for tonal quality as needed, and sometimes leave a portion in tact.
Trees remain my inspiration, ever-changing, representing strength and resilience.