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Artist Statement

My artwork tells a story that often begins with an image or memory. Though I am surrounded by a fierce and magnificent landscape on the coast of Maine, and especially beautiful light, my work originates from within, and reflects where I am "from", from where I have been. Though my medium has changed from time to time, my attitude and approach seems to be consistent, and, I hope, distinctive. I often use photographs and found objects in my work and I can't resist 3-D imagery, whether it be sculpture, assemblages or built up and added texture or added elements. Encaustic wax is a wonderful vehicle for this which is why I have remained an advocate for over twenty years. The surprises and unruliness of working with hot wax is part of the challenge and fun that never grows old. Making art that is a joyful, intriguing and colorful statement is my intent. I strive to be honest, genuine and hopefully a little unique. I think of my work as a captured moment, a shared emotion or a beautiful event.



White Chemise with Gold Belt , encaustic with gold foil, 18" x 18", 2019

White Chemise with Gold Belt, encaustic with gold foil, 18" x 18", 2019

About

I have been living and making art in Maine for the past three decades. I am a member of New England Wax, a group of dedicated encaustic professionals and we exhibit in galleries and museums throughout New England. I am an exhibiting member of International Encaustic Artists and the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am a graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts where I studied commercial art and started my career in advertising in New York City. I am a studio member of Running With Scissors in Portland, Maine, a large cooperative of professional artists. I am fortunate to have a home and studio in Tenants Harbor, Maine where I live and work a large part of the year.