Creating art is a form of healing for me. My art is greatly influenced by work as a healer – I was a massage and Reiki practitioner for about a decade – and I see my play with paint and wax and found images as part of my path to personal growth and healing. I work intuitively, finding images and textures to imbed in wax that I feel express an emotional current running through me such as grief, resistance, hope, unrest, confusion, and yes, even sometimes, delight. I am particularly fond of mixed media and encaustic art because of the way these forms allow for whimsy, mistakes, messiness, and layered depth. I cannot be perfect in this art-making process and that is a gift. I work intuitively, imprecisely, and create very much with an awareness of my body and its messages.
Birds and other creatures inevitably find their way into my work as well, and I let them fly in and stick to the wax. Birds are frequently central to my creations because they are gentle yet powerful creatures; they are so light and fragile, yet profoundly symbolize freedom, release, creativity and transformation. As an artist, writer, and teacher, I see my work as embodying these characteristics.
I often use found text in my art as well, for I find that the juxtaposition of words and images creates a dynamic tension, a sort of poetic conversation. As a poet myself, I find it hard not to incorporate words into my work. Bits of poetry, snippets cut out of a children’s book, and words culled from magazines and textbooks find their way into my work and I don’t always understand the juxtapositions right away. I let the meaning develop for me like a Polaroid.
I have several online art stores that are print-to-order: CafePress, Fine Art America, Lulu.com, and Zazzle.com. I love seeing my art as products — as calendars, greeting cards, coasters, necklaces, prints, and more!
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