Lives in Nashville, Tennessee
My portraits explore different people and cultures--each face tells a story, and I call these visual anthropologies. I am fascinated by the preservation of cultures, despite our global, digital world. I spent the past 3 years living and traveling in Europe, recording what I observed in my sketches & paintings.
I use authentic, traditional materials whenever possible and I work primarily with encaustic wax, using the same paint recipe that the ancient Egyptians used-- pure beeswax and damar resin--tree sap. I mix my own colors using powder pigments. Imperfections are life, and should never be corrected.
I love the unpredictability of encaustic wax. Because it dries quickly, one must be fast and spontaneous. I build up layers of wax, fusing each with my blowtorch. Intuition takes the lead when painting in hotwax. One must trust. This unpredictable medium truly informs the direction, and the story of each portrait.
Art was always my first love. As a teenager I was an accomplished potter, throwing from my kick wheel in my mother's laundry room, and experimenting with raku in my backyard. I studied advertising in college, and worked in consumer behavior/marketing for 20 years until moving to Germany in 2016, where I was finally able to drop corporate life and paint full time. I'm influenced by Elly Smallwood, Andrew Salgado, VOKA, Jenny Saville, Egon Schiele, and Tony Sherman; all great expressionist portrait artists. Photo realism is lovely, but expressionism can reveal the person's soul.
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. BA & Master's degrees in Advertising
Tennessee State University, Master's in Education
Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts
International Scholarship, International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA, 2018
Artist in Residence, EncaustiCastle, Lexington, KY, 2018.
2019 Popclectic at ARTclectic, University School of Nashville, Nashville TN (juried)
2019 Eclectic Expressions, Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN
2019 Franklin Art Scene, Art Crawl, Franklin, TN
2018 Melting Pot, Melting Point, Museum of Encaustic Art, Sante Fe, NM (catalog, juried) Curated by Francisco Benitez.
2018 Galerie Zehntscheuer, Zuffenhausen, Germany
2018 Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum, Stuttgart, Germany
2018 The Way We See It, Cafe Künstlerbund, Stuttgart, Germany (juried)
2018 The Blues, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA (catalog, juried)
2018 Galerie Bad Wimpfen Rathaus, Bad Wimpfen, Germany
2018 Incognito, The Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2017 Imagine Denmark, Kunstvaerket Galleri, Odder, Denmark. (juried)
2017 Galerie Zehntscheuer, Zuffenhausen, Germany
2015 Modular Art Pods, abrasiveMedia, Nashville, TN (juried)
2014 Tennessee Craft Fair, Nashville TN
-Nashville Artist Guild
-International Encaustic Artists-German American Artists Association (past member)
-Kulturkreis (artist group) Leinfelden-Echterdingen e.V. (past member)
Studied art under:
Nicholas Wilton, US; Judy Klich, US; Lora Murphy, Denmark; Annie Hammond, South Africa; Gaby Dotter, Switzerland; Reiny Rizzi-Gruhlke, Luxembourg; Birgit Feil, Stuttgart, Germany; Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, US; Lisa Pressman, US.