Best known for my encaustic work (painting and sculpting with molten beeswax and damar resin), I integrate fabric, spunbonded fibres, plaster, seaweed, botanicals, wood, metals, paper, photographs, collage ephemerae, ink and pigment to create amazing and unexpected art surfaces. My sculptures and paintings are rich with metaphor, depth and sensual tactility using a myriad of materials to bring symbolic meaning to my art.
I use encaustic wax to add an otherworldly atmosphere to photographs, seeking to achieve an artistic poise where the image exists as both photograph and painting at the same time.
*The word "encaustic" comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos,” meaning to "burn in". Encaustic is one of the most long-lasting art mediums and dates back to the Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits (c 100-300 CE); Greeks and Romans used encaustic on sculpture and panels in the 5th-7th centuries.