2011, 16" x 16", encaustic on panel
My encaustic paintings are escapes into other worlds. With the pressures of over-population, dwindling resources and global conflict, I seek alternative environments to explore. I peer into microscopes; the depths of the sea; or into imagined futures where ambiguous biological and mechanical creatures live.
I build these foreign atmospheres with layers of molten pigmented wax and fuse each with open flame. It’s a time-consuming process that creates elemental translucence and luminosity. Psychologically, these are journeys through hostile environments by creatures that represent us. They strive, fight, flee and mate. There is danger among them, and because of that danger, beauty.