Lichens are amazing organisms. They are all around us and we hardly notice them. Found on soil, tree bark, rocks and even some under water, they are actually two organisms living together (symbiosis). These complex organisms can inhabit many conditions and substrates that would deter other kinds of species. I am fascinated with their resilience and beauty. Many of these paintings are done on sliced wood substrates, the closest thing to their original habitat.
Tree Memories is an exploration of the history of trees that have personal meaning to me. Some are from my father’s cherry trees, some from my own ancient copper breech tree. The prints from these trees are more than about their age, but about the history that has passed in their midst. I print them on rice paper, embed them in encaustic medium, and mount them on birch panel, all ties to the earth.
My love of construction and composition, texture and ancient medium leads me to explore mosaic art. With a nod to the traditional style of Revenna Italy's masters, I have adapted the process to work with tiles I have created with encaustic medium, pigment and eggshells. Shapes, color and texture are ever evolving. What began as traditional process, has taken another turn away from tradition by incorporating sliced cherry wood, or mosaics as part of collage and encaustic paintings.
In the kitchen, slicing a grapefruit, I saw the most wondrous organic patterns and colors. I could not look away. I began photographing them and creating prints on a variety of different surfaces (a variety of paper, limestone, transfer on encaustic, transparency plastic and silk. The silk created a translucency that none of the other approaches provided. The creation of the artwork is a meditation on the simplest of food preparation tasks and the noticing that comes with being fully present.
The Horizon Line series is a contemplation of the steadfast and beautiful horizon looking over the sea. While the colors change in season and weather, the line is always there, aways a steadying point, fixed in the distance. I made these paintings after seeing a book called Still: Oceanscapes by Debra Bloomfiel and being mesmerized by how one place can change so dramatically throughout the year.
These are my first series of seascapes painted solely with encaustic.