Artist Statement

           

I AM AN ENCAUSTIC ARTIST AND HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE MOLTEN BESSWAX MEDIUM FOR 13 YEARS.  IT IS APPLIED AT 180 DEGREES TO A BALTIC BIRCH SURFACE AND REHEATED TO FUSE THE PAINT INTO A UNIFORM ENAMEL-LIKE FINISH.  THE ANCIENT GREEKS DEVELOPED ENCAUSTIC OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO.

EACH BEESWAX PAINTING IS MADE FROM START TO FINISH IN OUR HOME IN STEVENS POINT. I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN OVER 150 ART FESTIVAL AND FAIRS ACROSS THE MIDWEST AND HAVE COMPLETED OVER 85 COMMISSIONED BEESWAX PAINTINGS. MY ART STUDIO, WOODSHOP, AND OFFICE ARE ALL PACKED INTO OUR BUNGALOW HOME SURROUNDED BY GARDENS.

I PAINT BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT CREATING SOMETHING WITH YOUR HANDS AND HAVING PEOPLE TRULY ENJOY WHAT YOU MADE. I PAINT BECAUSE I WAS RAISED SURROUNDED BY A CREATIVE AND ARTY FAMILY WHO ALWAYS SUPPORTED MY ARTISTIC TALENT.

I BEGAN PRIMARILY USING ENCAUSTICS BECAUSE I WAS CAPTIVATED BY ITS ANCIENT HISTORY AND WAS CHALLENGED BY ITS PROCESS OF HEATING AND COOLING WHICH CAPTURES THE DYNAMIC OF CHAOS AND DEMANDS CONTROL UNLIKE THAT OF ANY OTHER PAINTING MEDIUM. 

THE PROCESS OF ENCAUSTIC DEMANDS A CONFIDENT HAND AS WELL AS A HAND THAT CAN ALLOW THE SPONTANEITY OF THE FLOW OF THE WAX.  THIS BALANCE OF DISCIPLINE AND DISCONFORMITIES ARE REFLECTED IN MY WORK AS WELL AS MY LIFE.