My paintings come from my emotional side. I find that when I sit down in front of a blank canvas, how I begin is purely instinctual. My paintings always seem to begin with a base layer of color gradients. The mood of the painting is set by whether I paint with a warm or cool palette. My warm, bright orange, red and pink bases depict my more energetic, focused days. The blue, green and purple paintings reflect my emotional, moody periods.
For me, the art is not about replicating what I see or know. It's about expressing how I feel. That's why I'm fascinated by textures and layers. I use paint, objects, marks and scratches and am intrigued by how these elements combine and work in tandem to bring to life the stories I want to tell or the thoughts or feelings I want to express. The application of these elements and the act of creating each piece establishes a physical connection to the work. This energetic link is just as much a part of the story as the idea or feeling that prompts it.
Each piece of fluid art even if made with the same technique and colors will end up slightly unique, a true original, no two matching exactly. I experiment a lot with different techniques in my work giving a variety of patterns and details, some more complex compositions with lots of vibrant colors, while another will be more minimalistic with lots of negative space. I feel there are endless options with abstract art, and this medium especially offers so many fun possibilities.
Much of what I do in the studio is deeply influenced by both modern and ancient art, and I revel at exploring any and all art museums hoping to infuse style and influence from other times and cultures into my work. I am particularly fond of abstract expressionism and expressionism in general for the way those styles communicate the individuality and spirit of the artist. I enjoy working in both acrylic and oil, but also like to use a combination of charcoal and pastels in my mixed media work.
Observation and curiosity drive my studio practice. Through the investigation of and experimentation with different kinds of materials, I express discontent with the current political climate as well as reflect on my experiences growing up in the American Midwest. My work explores entropy, artifice, consumerism, and my place in the lineage of abstraction in contemporary and modern painting and its relationship with installation art.
I'm excited to share my collection of work with you. These pieces reflect the various stages of my four-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.