Lives in Nashville, Tennessee
My portraits tell stories. I've spent the past three years living in Germany, traveling Europe, and learning about the lives, rituals, and cultures of the people I meet. I'm fascinated by the fiercely strong and independent cultures that remain, despite our global world. My portraits explore this-I call them visual anthropologies. Anthropologists collect photos. I express what I observe in my paintings.
I love the unpredictability of encaustic wax. It is fast, spontaneous, and expressive. The process becomes a part of the story. The medium informs the story of each portrait. As much as I plan a painting, intuition takes the lead when painting in hotwax, and fusing with a blowtorch!
I use authentic, traditional materials whenever possible. I make my own encaustic paint using the same recipe that the ancient Egyptians used-- pure beeswax and damar resin, which is actually tree sap. I mix my own colors using powder pigments. You will never find digitally-altered images in my work. Imperfections are life, and should never be corrected.
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.
Artist in Residence, The Fish Factory, Iceland, 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.