Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Things

New works are in the making. 
'The Blues' is just one of my recent works in cold wax and oil. 
I have had a chance to immerse in the medium over the last couple of months 
and am liking the results. This is a medium I am growing quite fond of. 

I have had an opportunity to teach a few adult classes, private and group, over the summer. 
It has been heartwarming to see experienced artists explore a new form, as well as having students that have had little or no experience in painting, with new questions and insights.  
I thank each and every one who came to the classes; we've made new friends, discovered new and hidden talents, and above all, we took steps to 'let go' and create. 
For me, that was the absolute best part. 

                     I am hoping I can keep that in mind when I travel to Washington State. I am nervous and anxious, not just about flying, but about letting go of the fears one can have
 throwing your skills out in front of new folks. This time I will be a student, 
immersing for a whole week of creating with Encaustics. 
There will be more new works.....

For years I had to tuck such adventures to the side for many reasons, work, teaching, serious family illnesses, ill pets, and a myriad of 'stuff' that happens when you are busy making plans (John Lennon). The opportunity came and I am going. 

Sweet dreams are made of this. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Heat of Artmaking

Summer, ah, it is hot....I am not a fan of the hot, hazy, humid summer. Spring and Fall are my favorites...The heat, however when used creatively is intoxicating. By that, I mean the heat of encaustics.

I just finished teaching a two day workshop on encaustic monotypes. I had the opportunity to work in a fine teaching facility at 310 Art Gallery in Asheville, and I met some incredible artists as well as reconnected with friends while I was there. Each time I go, I learn bit more about Asheville, and places to see....I am always enchanted......and I will go back.....

 The heating of an aluminum plate gives exquisite textures and patterns in wax 
that you can print onto paper!
 I Heard It Through The Grapevine! (C) 

Moonglow  (C)