a bit about me

My work is inspired by nature; simply being outside and present in time. I aim to bring a part of that peace into my art. I paint in encaustics. Texture, light and atmospheric quality are my obsessions; I strive for a small escape in each painting.

I grew up in the mountains of California, went to college on the coast (UCSD), Graduate school in the MidWest (UW Madison), spent some time on the East Coast, and I am completely at home in the Pacific Northwest :) I am happiest when I am outside, and have been lucky to experience so many variations in the sky and earth.

***A bit about Encaustics***

I paint with encaustics. I limit myself to the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and black & white. I just really enjoy mixing colors from the basics :) Encaustic painting is an old technique that involves color pigments melted into bees wax and damar resin (sap). My palette is heated, I mix my colors on the palette, bring them over to the painting surface in a molten state, and they must be heated in order to manipulate. There are many layers that must be fused together with heat as I paint. The finished painting will have rich texture and depth. The light plays off of this texture, and can make the colors appear differently from different angles. It is a durable material, and is stable to 170degrees F.

Collections and Memberships

Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe NM :: work in permanent collection

Artwork in public, private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Panama, Belgium, France, Italy & UK

Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico :: Exhibiting Member

River Oaks Square Art Center, Alexandria, Louisiana :: Shop Exhibit

Schack Art Center, Everett, Washington :: Shop Exhibit

City of Kent, WA :: work in Public Art Collection

Select Juried exhibits

Museum of Northwest Art - juried Auction 2021

Jack Straw - Submergence: Below the Surface group exhibit 2021
Museum of Encaustic Art - Global Warming is REAL, Santa Fe, NM

Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, Uncorked - juried exhibit

Museum of Encaustic Art - Global Warming is REAL, Santa Fe, NM

Art of the Garden, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA 2019

"Four Perspectives on Nature", City of Auburn WA 2018

2017 Encaustic Art Institute Members Juried Exhibition

River Oaks Square Arts Center,Alexandria, LA 2017

Museum of Encaustic Art - Global Warming is REAL, Santa Fe, NM

Centennial Gallery Art Exhibit, Kent, WA:: awarded exhibit

57th Kitsap Arts Festival, Kingston WA

WinterWorks Art Show, Parklane Gallery,Kirkland, WA

Kenmore Art Show, Bastyr University,Kenmore, WA

Kent Summer Art Exhibit, Kent, WA :: work chosen for purchase & exhibit awards

Oscar Meyer Women's History Exhibit, Madison, WI

Artful Women National Women's Caucus, Madison, WI

Golden Triangle Art Exhibit, La Jolla, CA

I hope you enjoy browsing through my artwork, but I ask that you respect the copyright protection of all of my images and not copy or reproduce them in any form.