I have been a full-time artist and teacher for over 23 years. My current body of work consists primarily of encaustic painting, which is visually inspired by the natural elements. I am working toward the idea of "painting as sculpture" that vacillates between abstract to more representational.
The method of encaustic painting involves applying hot molten beeswax colored with pigment to a painting surface, which is then "fused" (melted) with a torch or heat gun. This creates a variety of surfaces with textured and transparent layers. Encaustic painting allows me a wide range of tools and the process of transparent layering.
I have had a lifelong fascination with nature and science; especially with the patterns that emerge in the organic world. The flame of the torch melting the wax simulates patterns made by water in lakes and marshes. I also take photographs of pollinator-friendly plants as photo collage in my paintings. Exploring the subject of abstract landscape is a practice of discovery, a way of connecting inner and outer worlds. Process is important to me because of the spontaneous effects of melting beeswax. Currently, I am creating wall sculptures using aluminum sheeting and encaustic as well as elevated, circular painting wall installations.
I have taught printmaking, acrylic, and encaustic painting as well as book arts. My artwork has been shown nationally and received numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections including Wells Fargo Mortgage, Target Corporation, UnitedHealthCare Group, and the Hilton Hotel, among others. She is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2018.
I received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (BFA) from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MCAD, where I instructed printmaking for over 9 years. I am a CORE instructor for R&F Handmade Paints teaching monthly workshops in my studio as well as nationally. I also teach acrylic painting workshops, I am a GOLDEN Acrylic Paints Artist Educator, Ampersand Artist Ambassador, and now a Silverbrush Educator. I create my mixed media paintings and sculptures in my studio at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art where I have been a co-op member for 15 years in Minneapolis.
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