“My work is a personal interpretation of abstract landscapes inspired by topography – natural and manmade environments. I am intrigued by exploration to places where natural and manmade surfaces converge and depict history, decay and contain numerous phases of existence. I use cartography style imagery and grids to evoke images of maps, satellite views and architectural structures. The grid motif is used as an architectural reference and as lines to address movement both artistically and metaphorically. My latest work is based on my emotional response during this past year and speaks to new beginnings, migration from urban to rural settings, regeneration and hope. My intention is to encourage an emotional narrative by evoking references to both nature and the built environment with form, space and materials."

Technique:

"I use an average of fifteen layers per panel, scraping back, repainting and using incised lines until the desired patterns are achieved. Adding and subtracting paint not only creates depth and visual interest but also alludes to surface decay in nature and manmade formations. My paintings are created with either acrylic based mixed media or encaustic paint. I’ve been using encaustic paint for many years because this ancient medium offers unique textural and luminous possibilities and allows an artist to carve into the works like a sculpture."

Artistic Influences:

"I've long admired works by Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell and Jean-Paul Riopelle. Martin for her spiritually based, serene grid paintings; Mitchell and Riopelle for their highly gestural, emotionally charged landscapes. Encaustic paint masters Jasper Johns and Brice Marden inspired me to use this luminous medium."

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