Encaustic Minis (2016)

All paintings are done on a 4x4 heavyweight illustration board and mounted on a signed 6x6 acid-free matboard. Illustration board is made of 100% cotton fiber, acid-free paper. They are available for purchase, unless otherwise noted. Click on an image to purchase or view in detail.

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Wabi Sabi Series: Harmony

Images in these paintings are drawn from a Chinese painting manual called “Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden” compiled during the early Qing Dynasty in the late 1600s. One technique I employed in most of the pieces is wood glue burning. It’s what gives the paintings that rich amber color.


“There is beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature ā€” the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” – Rachel Carson

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Wabi Sabi Series: Impermanence I

For this miniseries, I used tar and gravel to get that deep black hue and remnants of old books for collage materials. I had a blast working on the pieces because, as you well know, books and what they represent are close to my heart. And to my mind, books are a great epitome of the wabi sabi concept of impermanence – the physical fades but its essence endures.


“If man were never to fade away but lingered on forever in the world, how things would lose their power to move us! – Yoshida Kenko

Wabi Sabi Series: Impermanence II

I am very much drawn to the stories of the past. I look at old photos and I’m mesmerized with thoughts of what stories they may be telling. In awe of the thought that there are others just like me – with the same hopes, dreams, and struggles – who lived a hundred years ago. I’m here now but I too will pass away. What legacy do I live behind? What stories will people in the future wonder about me?


“The best thing about time passing is the privilege of running out of it, of watching the wave of mortality break over me and everyone I know. No more time, no more potential. The privilege of ruling things out. Finishing. Knowing Iā€™m finished. And knowing time will go on without me. Look at me, dancing my little dance for a few moments against the background of eternity.” ā€“ Sarah Manguso


Master Artist Series: Robert Rauschenberg

I love Robert Rauschenberg’s use of newspapers and other mundane objects in his collages. For this miniseries, I built up my base with scraps of books pages and toned down the words with white house paint.


“You begin with the possibilities of the material.” – Robert Rauschenberg

Master Artist Series: Franz Kline Inspired

I wanted to try out the monoprint technique for the first four pieces below and decided to use one of Franz Kline’s color paintings for inspiration.


“The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter’s emotion come across?” – Franz Kline