I'm a entrepreneur, a business woman. I'm a creative 40's something mom and wife who finds myself in need of a reinvention from time to time! I found encaustics and immediately had to learn more about painting with melted beeswax. I wish you could be in the studio with me! It smells divine!  Becoming an encaustic artist has been a very round about journey for me. I started as a dancer, I loved to create through movement! Music filled my soul and I loved stirring emotions through my dance in others. But my body didn't support my love, and after multiple surgeries, my surgeon recommended that I set dancing aside for a while. It broke my heart, it was all I ever wanted to do. So I reinvented myself for the first time. I found that I could be something else, something that I had never considered before, and I loved it! This phase of self discovery became a pattern. I loved to find new things and make them a part of who I am.  Then after years of visiting galleries with my hubby. I came across a encaustic piece that really moved me. It brought back all the emotions that dance used to. It stirred the need to create that had been dormant all these years. I had to learn. Again.  Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It's basically painting with a specific mixture of beeswax and damar resin. Painting with hot, melted wax. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings.  The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It's a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It's labor intensive, and there are many steps involved. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice. I am mostly self taught, though over 20 years of being submersed in the world of art through managing my artist hubby's career, I have picked up a lot of knowledge along the way. My work is a creation in progress. I hope you will grow along with me and please, spread the word and let others know about my work!     

I'm a entrepreneur, a business woman. I'm a creative 40's something mom and wife who finds myself in need of a reinvention from time to time! I found encaustics and immediately had to learn more about painting with melted beeswax. I wish you could be in the studio with me! It smells divine! 

Becoming an encaustic artist has been a very round about journey for me. I started as a dancer, I loved to create through movement! Music filled my soul and I loved stirring emotions through my dance in others. But my body didn't support my love, and after multiple surgeries, my surgeon recommended that I set dancing aside for a while. It broke my heart, it was all I ever wanted to do.

So I reinvented myself for the first time. I found that I could be something else, something that I had never considered before, and I loved it! This phase of self discovery became a pattern. I loved to find new things and make them a part of who I am. 

Then after years of visiting galleries with my hubby. I came across a encaustic piece that really moved me. It brought back all the emotions that dance used to. It stirred the need to create that had been dormant all these years. I had to learn. Again. 

Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It's basically painting with a specific mixture of beeswax and damar resin. Painting with hot, melted wax. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings. 

The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It's a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It's labor intensive, and there are many steps involved. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice.

I am mostly self taught, though over 20 years of being submersed in the world of art through managing my artist hubby's career, I have picked up a lot of knowledge along the way. My work is a creation in progress. I hope you will grow along with me and please, spread the word and let others know about my work!

 

  

Artist Statement:

Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It's an ancient process of painting with a hot melted mixture of beeswax and damar resin. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings into my work.

The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It's a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It's labor intensive with many steps. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice.

 

 

Education:

Bela Fidel – Private instruction

Clare O’Neill – Photo encaustic 6 week workshop

Pam Nichols – Demonstration

Shari Replogle – Online study

Nancy Crawford – Online study

 

Exhibitions:

2016-Vision of the Arts Show, Heirloom & Co. Gallery, Provo, Utah
            Vision of the Arts Show, Illume Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
            Vision of the Arts Show, Writ and Vision Gallery, Provo, Utah
            Utah County Photography Show, Utah (honorable mention)
            Table to Table fundraiser for Venezuela, Provo, Utah
            Salt and Honey Market, Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 – The Crow Show, The Studio Door, San Diego, California
             The Valentine Show, Utah Art Market, Salt Lake, Utah
             Vision of the Arts Show, Repartee Gallery, Orem, Utah
             Vision of the Arts Show, Repartee Gallery, Fort Union, Utah
           
 
Articles:
Exponent II Magazine, Winter 2017
Springville Museum of Art’s Spring Salon looking good at 93, Deseret News, April 27, 2017
 
Collections:
Private Collections: Toronto, Canada; Arizona, Utah, Georgia
 
Awards:
2016 - Utah County Photography Show, Provo, Utah, Honorable Mention
2016 – International Encaustic Association 2017 conference scholarship recipient