I am a Southern California mixed media artist drawn to ethereal and textural representations of the drama and majesty of the natural world.
16x16”. Encaustic on wood panel. Edges painted in black.
White pigmented shellac burn in foreground for texture. Nature can be both darkly ominous and simultaneously stunningly beautiful. Thinking of Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Waterfall” .
12x12”, mixed media on wood panel (encaustic and shellac),
Unframed with black finished edges.
There was a creek that ran through the yard near my childhood home in middle Tennessee. I remember so vividly the smell of the thick rich mud that squished between my toes as I waded through the deepest parts, holding hands with my sister.
Mixed Media Encaustic Painting Size: 10 H x 10 W x 1.5 in
Ships in a box
‘Solace’ is a neo-romantic waterfall fantasy done in encaustic (beeswax and resin) I am inspired by natural light and the beauty of the natural world before the industrial revolution. My work is a tribute to the drama and majesty of nature unmarred by man.
‘Estuary ll’, 16x16” mixed media on wood panel (encaustic and shellac).
unframed, edges painted in black encaustic.
Sometimes at dawn, the air is so clear and bright and full of energy it seems to shimmer. I added a bit of metallic gold encaustic and pearly metallic white to describe the energy and the promise of a new day.
Mixed Media Encaustic Painting Size: 9 H x 12 W x 1 in
Reclaimed Barn Wood, Gray Frame.
Ships in a cardboard box
SOLD. Ocean inspired encaustic work reminiscent of the beautiful color of the water in the Gulf against the setting sun. Complementary palette of blue/greens and oranges evoke memories of wading into cool rushing water as the hot, sultry air closes in around me. To me, the humid, close Summer air in the South feels like a warm hug from the universe and reminds me of my childhood growing up in Tennessee.
The sounds of nature are like music in that they are soothing to the soul, and enriching to the heart. ‘Sonata’, 36x36” mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas. This painting is from my landscape series “Singing Dreamscapes” in which sheet music is collaged beneath the painting, revealing glimpses of music through the more transparent layers of paint and texture.
Mixed Media Painting Size: 12 H x 12 W x 1.5 in
Unframed gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides.
Inspired by the peaceful stillness of a winters evening by a pond. The glassy water reflects the dusky blue sky as a bird's repeating call provides the music of the evening. There is something holy, or spiritual about being alone in nature and absorbing all the sights and sounds, like a Canticle (a holy chant). There is a rich depth of texture from layers of paint and collage on this powerful piece of art.
Mixed media painting
‘October Skies’, 20x20”
Framed in natural birch 1/4” float frame
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Inspired by the sloughs and wetlands of Southern California. I particularly love the light of the early morning sun and the beautiful colors of the sky reflected in the still water. I used an expressionistic technique, using a palette knife for the underpainting, then selectively softened some edges with a brush.
East Beach from Stearns Wharf
SOLD East Beach from Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara
8x8” open acrylic on 1.5” gallery wrapped canvas.
Inspired by the light and rich textures of the California Plein Air Painters during the early 20th Century.
Big Sky Morning
BIG SKY MORNING
Painting: 6x6”, Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by the California Plein Air painters of the early 19th century. This seascape is reflective of my love of cloudscapes. It is a tiny painting at 6x6", but has energetic brushstrokes and texture, giving it big atmospheric presence.
Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.
‘Morning Breaker’, 4x4” Open acrylic on 1.5” gallery wrapped canvas. Painted sides.
‘The Wide Ocean’ by Pablo Neruda.
“Ocean, if you were to give, a measure, a ferment, a fruit of your gifts and destructions, into my hand, I would choose your far-off repose, your contour of steel, your vigilant spaces of air and darkness, and the power of your white tongue, that shatters and overthrows columns, breaking them down to your proper purity...”
Acrylic Size: 11 H x 14 W x .25 in
Ships in a cardboard box
‘Thundering Shoreline’. Neutral colors and heavily textured paint depict a gray, stormy morning as a breaker rolls onto the beach surrounded by sea foam and crowned with briny sea spray.