My work explores the natural world we encounter and how we as humans relate to it through myth, poetry and literature. I am fascinated by the intersection of the visual world and the written word and how closely they are entwined. I am continually exploring and experimenting with new mediums that challenge and excite me. My series of gold leaf paintings are inspired by Japanese screens and the elegance and bold design they embody. I create a luminous and reflective surface by using a layer of tissue thin composition metal or silver leaf affixed to wood panels. I capture the movement, gesture and whimsy of my subjects using fluid, graceful lines and spare compositions.
My literary series is inspired by a lifelong love and passion for great books and the characters, themes and landscapes brought to life within their pages. I imagine Romeo and Juliet as a pair of Sandhill cranes trapped in an eternal courtship dance full of love and longing. Inspired by Charles Darwin's " Origin of Species" I explore the concept of evolution as a metaphor for the creative process. The art of " becoming" drawings becoming paintings, thoughts becoming words, bones becoming living creatures. I have combined oil paint and encaustics for this series.Encaustic is a seductive medium, I use molten wax and a blowtorch to create a rich and luminous tapestry of texture and saturated color. This medium allows me to work in layers, just as an author creates layers of meaning which we as readers uncover. If you look closely many of these works contain text, maps and illustrations from the original stories. I hope this series inspires you to revisit and explore these rich and amazing works of literature.