My process involves many hours making numerous watermedia paintings and encaustic monotypes. Encaustic paint (hot wax) is directly applied onto an anodized aluminum plate heated on an electric griddle. A print is then pulled from it. Each monotype provides a sense of movement. Simultaneously, layers of watered down acrylic, gouache, ink and watercolors are poured on papers and plastic sheeting generating depth but also unplanned natural markings. Pieces of these monotype and papers are collaged with ink drawings and patterned textiles creating complex lush abstractions. I strive for strong textural contrasts reflective of the various surfaces found in nature and the differences in people.
My works are a representation of growth. Interpreting the fascinating consistency of botanical growth, the expressive characteristics natural forms exude and their relatable qualities. Comparable to people, plants are intriguing and complicated. They’re always moving; either becoming weaker or stronger. I draw inspiration from that delicate continuous state of flux.