fine art and encaustic instruction
*photo credit Alyssa Henry Photography
My art portrays my passions for color and simple shapes. I bring my experiences while out in nature into my work, combining direct memories from photos and sketches with the emotional impressions left with me.
I want to capture moments that can be easily overlooked if you are in a rush. These are the simple moments in time that make my world pause. These moments are what connect me to being, and insist that I inhale the fleeting scene with a sign of contentment.
My tendency is to choose colors and feeling over what literal, giving my work a playful abstract quality. My colors are chosen intuitively, often not what the eye sees. I aim to capture the viewer with unusual colors and familiar feelings, giving a fresh new impression through which to view their simple moments in time.
I choose to portray a sense of vibrancy and joy in my works, in contrast to many situations encountered during my career as a Registered Nurse, mostly in the Emergency Department.
Since studying watercolor painting in a class in 1998 I have had a new focal point in my life of making and observing art. I started in watercolor, drawn in by it’s fresh and fluid nature. I now paint mainly in oil and encaustic and depending on subject and mood (both me and the subject at hand). I am drawn to encaustic for it’s luscious presence, as well as the translucent and sculptural qualities.