visual anthropology narratives

The Healers, encaustic wax on wood panel, 16x16

This series portrays the blending of eastern and western medicine. Chinese, Ayurveda, and spiritual healing have all played a role in my life alongside traditional western medicine.  "iNyanga," "PanchaKarma,"  "Chi," and "The Healer." 

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Native Women Warriors, encaustic wax on wood panel, 16x20

These portraits honor 19th century indigenous women who fought alongside men to protect their people,and they became leaders in their tribes. Lozen was an Apache who learned the ways of the warriors and joined forces with Geronimo. Brown Weasel Woman was a highly respected member of the Piegan Tribe of the Blackfeet Nation, and Buffalo Calf Woman, Cheyenne, was known for knocking Custer off his horse at the Battle of Bighorn.  These are stories that need to be told. To me, they embody American resilience. 

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encaustic portrait
encaustic portrait

Into the Wilderness, photo encaustic 9x12. Digitally-altered images embellished with encaustic paint. These are in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  


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 Irish Eyes, watercolor, pen & ink, 9x12.

No one's a stranger in Ireland. I loved how friendly everyone in Ireland is, and that 'there's a smile in their eyes.' Images inspired by photos from Irish street photographer Tim Bingham @public_lens.  


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Vetted Souls, Encaustic and ink, 8x8. From photos by Leroy Skalstad, a formerly homeless Vietnam veteran.

"I believe most folks don't realize how complex homelessness is. I was someone affected by my military experience as I waited for a decision from the Veterans Administration. Some are folks and families were living paycheck to paycheck. Some are affected by their substance abuse." - Leroy Skalstad.

BB KING encaustic portrait

No Time for the Blues, encaustic wax, 12x12


A tribute to the Mississippi blues artists who performed in juke joints and had little commercial success, but who greatly influenced American Blues music. 

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