I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. My family moved to Florida when I was three. As a young child, I was mesmerized by the dark blue-purple storm clouds that formed in the afternoons as a result of Florida’s heat, humidity and sunshine. I remember hearing the wind whistle through the jalousie windows during the many tropical storms that skirted the coast. I can still see the small palm trees in our yard twist and thrash in the wind, taking on torpedo-like shapes. These images and memories have stayed with me to this day and have shaped my work.
I have always been very interested in nature and natural forces, especially tornadoes. They first appeared in my work in a landscape that I painted in 1991, and I continued to use the tornado image after I started working with encaustic in 2000. I find the ethereal and sensuous forms of tornadoes to be beautiful, and working with encaustic has allowed me to create some incredible atmospheric effects. The tornado inspired imagery has been a good jumping off point that has allowed me to experiment with drawing with charcoal on the wax surface of the painting.
Recently, I have returned to the theme of architecture, an interest of mine since graduate school. With the encaustic medium I can create layers of paint that record the history of all the marks that have been made on the surface.
As T.S. Eliot wrote in Four Quartets,
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time”.