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The creative process for me process driven; I want to see how far I can push a medium, to see if I can make the wild idea in my imagination come to fruition. Art speak and theory hold little sway with me, I would rather talk to you about how I make my art and the tools I used. For me, the creation of art is very much a call and response process – the art itself, a mark, line, a color calls to me and I respond.
For my silk screen and encaustic prints, I start with one of my photographs which I manipulate then burn into a silk screen. Printing only elements from each screen I begin to build the bones of my print. Using encaustic medium on a large heated plate I can incorporate additional color, marks, and images to the paper. In some cases, I layer additional screen printing, stenciling, pencil marks and even more encaustic to build the final composition.
My assemblages begin by responding to left-over scrap metal collected from another artist. Using only the shapes and colors of these pieces of metal as found, I begin to build the assemblage. These pieces are created on a hard substrate, most often wood, and the wax worked with a blow torch. In these works, the encaustic allows for three-dimensional work, gouging, texture, mark making, and translucent layering.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida color vibrated and pulsed all around me. I love the surprise of an unexpected color combination, a juxtaposition I had not imagined and then I try to discover what those colors sparked in me; to see if I can I capture that immediacy and hold firm that flicker of inspiration. I often dance in my studio when color and shape come together to create something larger than my conscious imagination could have composed. Those are moments of divine intervention.
While I have been creating art in various forms throughout my life it was not until 2010 when I naturally reversed serious health conditions by quitting the practice of law and switched to creating art on a full-time basis.
40 x 42" / Encaustic, silkscreen and mixed media / Brickell Avenue in Miami is a metropolitan mix of modern high-rises, lush tropical foliage, a metrorail that cuts through overhead, and is right...
60 x 60" / Encaustic, Mixed Media and Silk Screen / After Image refers to the images and patterns you see when you close your eyes. The blurred colors and lines move as your heart beats. That is th...
36 x 36" / Encaustic / Peacock Park is a park in Coconut Grove, Florida where I grew up. In my youth Coconut Grove was filled with artists, hippies, sailors, musicians (CSN&Y, Eric Clapton, etc...
30 x 30" / Encaustic and Silk Screen Silk screened collage and encaustic mixed media.
96 x 12" / Encaustic, enameled metal, and ink“Heart Totem” began with the shape of the piece of wood. It’s majestic height and slender width evoked the power of the totem which traditionally celebr...