I am an encaustic from the Midwest, who has an addiction to coffee and too much coffee creamer. I draw most of my inspiration from the landscapes I see around me everyday. This includes my daily commute and occasional travel for work. My family, friends, and other amazing artists inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and share my artwork with others. For the past year I have primarily been working with encaustics. This includes original landscapes, abstract work, and photo encaustics. I have also been known to create work using watercolors, acrylics, and pottery (I enjoy all things creative).
- 2017 Art Medley – Post Art Library, Joplin, MO
- 2017 Love Languages – Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) @ artCentral, Carthage, MO
- 2017 Heartland Artist Exhibition – Tim Murphy Art Gallery, Merriam Drive, KS
- 2017 Urban + Abstract – Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City, MO
- 2016 Vibrant – Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) @ Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City, MO
- 2016 Members Show – George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO
- 2016 – 21st Annual Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition, Neosho, MO
- 2017 Exploration – Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, Joplin, MO
- First Place Emerging Artist Division – Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition
- Third Place – artCentral, Carthage, MO
- 2002-2006 – Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design at Missouri Southern State University
I am excited to share with you my collection of work titled “Exploration.” These pieces reflect the various stages of my three-year journey in encaustic painting. After a long break from the fine arts, I found myself needing to disconnect from the daily barrage of technology. So, I taught myself the basics of encaustics and I began experimenting in photo encaustics. I soon transitioned into abstract landscapes and nonrepresentational pieces. I enjoy exploring the texture, translucent quality, and fluidity that can be achieved through the medium. Most of my paintings are inspired by observations made during my daily commute and travels and the emotions these experiences invoke.
Encaustic is a wax-based paint made of beeswax, resin, and pigment. The mixture is heated to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at a molten state for painting. The encaustic paint is applied to a rigid surface. After each layer is applied, the piece is fused by blowtorch or heat gun. This technique creates a unique texture and vibrancy that’s difficult to reproduce in other mediums.