The transformation that we undergo while creating a piece of art can be painful, yet liberating at the same time. It is as if the process of identifying our feelings, dissecting their source, and then capturing their fleeting imagery enables us to comprehend and even overcome life’s trials. When that creation is shared publicly, it speaks volumes by allowing the viewer into our minds and our hearts and enabling our art to communicate to the world the very words that we cannot say aloud to a single soul.
My ongoing body of work examines the intricate relationship between our heart and our minds. Memories, experiences, and feelings shape the paths of our life, yet how we analyze and react to those experiences can alter that path dramatically. This ongoing struggle between internal and external is at the root of my work as I examine the path that my own life has taken, and find peace and acceptance along the way.
My medium of choice is encaustic – a luminous mixture of beeswax and pigment that allows for the creation of both visual and structural depth. I utilize wax, metal, glass, and found objects to explore my own personal experience with grief and how fear of vulnerability constructs barriers around our hearts. These barriers ultimately cannot be sustained, and the breakdown of these walls and the unveiling of the heart is the most beautiful journey we will embark on.