I began encaustic painting a few years ago as a rejoinder to the chaos going on in our country and in the world. I make art to express my reaction to and make some sense out of the political pandemonium around us.
My background and experience is in the literal and concrete. I have been a law professor for over twenty years, using my skills to address income inequality and to remove barriers to access to civil justice. This work has been rewarding, but as I enter a new life phase, I have found that I am far more animated by revealing my thoughts and ideas through the interactive process of making and sharing art.
My work is abstract and relies on images, form, color, tone, scale and dimension. It represents what I’m feeling, and how intensely I’m feeling it. With the potential to focus emotions, perspectives and beliefs, art can change minds. It can also communicate passion, solidarity and shared hope for the future.
I love that encaustic painting requires a strong physical interaction with materials. Moving wax on a solid surface is a dynamic and corporeal process. I scrape and mold, and sometimes just let the wax move on its own. The transformation of liquid to solid to molten creates movement, texture, depth and relief. I mix my own pigments with beeswax and resin to get the exact color, shade and tone. Sometimes I struggle to get a message to emerge – and other times it materializes on its own.
The encaustic painting process is both elevating and grounding for me. As an emerging artist, I am just beginning to see my potential to communicate, educate and hearten through abstract visual imagery.