statement

I’m a self-taught artist. I’ve have the great luck to, on occasion, attend workshops and classes with artists I admire, who inspire me, and whom I’ve learned techniques from.  I started painting with serious intention 10 years ago when I was in my mid-forties. Prior to that time, I studied art, looked at art, and worked in service to other artists. Currently, I mainly work in encaustic and mixed media. I’m interested in an ongoing dialogue between wax and collage – using tools to create marks, using fire to fuse, layering on bits of paper, using charcoal or oil sticks to draw, and making more marks.  The blow torch melts the wax creating distortion, loss, and imperfection. I find this reassuring. I scrape away revealing what is underneath and then build back on top of what once was. Altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form, the finished paintings are palimpsests of my own successive creations. Encaustic is the right medium for me. It enables a meditative experience based on a repetitive process of layering and fusing, laying and scrapping. Yet, it also requires a process that’s physically challenging and involves unpredictable outcomes. The art of encaustic is ancient but somehow seems new and under-utilized which I find exciting and urgent.

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Education and Experience

University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, 1980

Artist Tool Box Marketing Workshop, Lac du Flambeau, WI July 2009

Encaustic Painting Workshop, Mentor Artist: Jodi Reeb

September, 2017; January 2018; June 2019

Encaustic Painting Workshop Jeffery Hirst June 2019

Exhibitions

2019 National Juried Exhibition, Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

2019 Honorable Mention, Group Show, Manitou Art Show, Manitowish Waters, WI

2018 MN State Fair Fine Art Exhibition

2018 Honorable Mention, Group Show, Manitou Art Show, Manitowish Waters, WI

2018 Solo Exhibition, Common Ground Gallery, Mpls MN

2017  National Juried Exhibition, Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

2017  Solo Exhibition Collection of Works, Common Ground Gallery, Mpls, MN

2017  3-Artist Show “Under the Influence”, Howard Young Gallery, Minoqua, WI

2017 Group Show, Red Hot Art Market, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

2017 Group Show, Manitou Art Show, Manitowish Waters, WI

2016 Group Show, Manitou Art Show, Manitowish Waters, WI

Visit my  etsy shop  to see my small encaustic painting

Visit my etsy shop to see my small encaustic painting