fearless creativity as a young child with paper and paint and crayons. There was no internal judgment or editorializing, simply enjoyment of color and line possibilities. Then there was a very long artistic quietude. Life was busy with growing up, science focused education, marriage and kids and becoming a nurse midwife, and working. My kids grew up and moved out, and I had a prolonged health crisis that led to an unexpected opening of time and space. What came in was a curiosity about how a silent empty page or canvas could change into a method of communication both with myself and others.
While primarily intrigued by portraiture, figurative work, landscapes and still-lifes, all rather representational, my exploration has been deepened and directed by a corresponding immersion into a daily meditative practice. For the last couple years I have also had an almost daily art practice. While I have never met a medium I don't like, I am currently working mostly with encaustic painting. I particularly enjoy plein air painting and life drawing, and experimenting with wax under-painting in the field. I then finish the work in my home studio with hot wax and mixed media. When I travel, I bring a sketchbook and watercolors, and seek out museums to copy masters and learn art history. I am just now transitioning into being comfortable to say I'm an artist. Until recently, I just said, I like to make marks!