A Contemporary Artist Living
On The Side Of A Volcano
After decades as a successful graphic designer and marketing communications director in the
mad-paced Southern California business landscape,
I turned my attention to fine art. I moved to the Central
American country of Panama and I now live on the side
of a volcano in the midst of lush jungle textures and colors.
I am influenced heavily by my local surroundings. As a painter in the contemporary and abstract style, I am also a process artist. I invite people to experience the process of the work: to see every stroke, every mark,
every color choice, every line.
Process, materiality and physicality is what speaks to me.
As an “experiential artist”, I currently choose to work in both the encaustic and the cold wax/oil paint mediums.
Encaustic is hot beeswax melted with resin and color pigments to form the paint. I apply many layers of the hot, molten paint on a wood support, fusing each layer to the underlying one with a torch or heat gun. This produces a painting that can never fade, since the colors are permanently locked in the wax/resin. Encaustic is fluid, which allows my message to subtly change as I'm creating it. The luminosity of the medium allows for a painting with many layers, evoking many stories and inviting touch. Viewers are much more involved with a painting that can be touched as well as visually enjoying the sensual experience of encaustic.
Pellets of beeswax are mixed with natural solvents to create a "mayonnaise-like" consistency. This cold wax is then mixed by the artist with pigments to achieve a cake frosting-type of consistency. It's fun, sensual and joyous!
The cold wax/oil paint process allows for more time to to explore, change and complete my message. Because its drying time is longer, I am allowed the freedom to try new techniques, to develop new directions. Both encaustic and cold wax mediums take me on elaborate, colorful journeys.