ARTIST STATEMENT

    

I paint because I was raised surrounded by a creative and arty family who always supported my artistic talent. I am driven to make art, teach art, and help build an art community. I am inspired by random moments and paint what I find to be calming beauty in my busy life. The one common denominator in my work is vibrant and saturated color.

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.


ARTIST BIO:

The beginning of my artist career started with my family always supporting my talents and ambitions. My first year of college, I stumbled across the book about ancient funeral portraits that were painted with beeswax titled “The Mysterious Fayum Portraits: Faces from Ancient Egypt” by Euphrosyne Doxiadis.  I was fascinated by this lost art and began my journey to become an encaustic artist.

In 2003 I transferred to UW-Stevens Point. Encaustic was not taught at UWSP, so I received a research grant in 2004 to teach myself how to paint with beeswax paint and graduated from UWSP with a BFA in Studio Art with a painting emphasis in 2006.  

I am a working artist with my encaustic studio, Buzz in Art Studios, in Stevens Point, WI. I am an art fair exhibitor, and have participated in over 160 art fairs and festivals in the Midwest over the past thirteen years. I am an encaustic workshop instructor. I began sharing my knowledge and teaching four student encaustic workshops in my art studio in 2018.  I am also proud to be part of Central Wisconsin's strong art community. I am a member of Gallery Q: Artists Cooperative, council Chair for the Stevens Point Festival of the Arts, and a community member for UWSP Arts Bash.  


I make all my giclée reproduction prints on paper in my home office. I use an Espon UltraChrome K3 Printer with pigment ink.


In Dec. 2018 I was featured on PBS Series Wisconsin Life. See link https://www.wisconsinlife.org/story/stevens-point-artist-creates-buzz-with-encaustic-art/.