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Portrait of the artist

I'm an artist and designer living and working in Kansas. My most recent work is primarily in oil, wax, and mixed media, incorporating these to create works that explore nature and solitude.

My subjects are often landscapes, especially the rolling prairie and grasslands of the Kansas Flint Hills and I find the vastness of this singular landscape an ongoing inspiration. These paintings are a reflection of my deep appreciation for the natural world and my desire to share it with others. Through the use of encaustic techniques, I am able to create rich, textured works that evoke a sense of both tranquility and energy. I hope that my art inspires others to connect with nature and appreciate its many gifts.

About my encaustic and mixed media works

I began working with wax in combination with photography in 2018, and since then have transitioned to creating mixed media pieces with wax and oils. Pure  encaustic is a painting technique that involves using heated beeswax and damar resin (a tree sap) mixed with colored pigments. This mixture is applied to a surface, typically wood, but sometimes canvas or other materials. I can manipulate the wax with metal tools and brushes while it's hot, allowing me to create textured and layered effects. Once cooled and the wax hardens I will add a layer of oil paint, ink, etc. This process of building up the surface with wax and oil, layering and fusing, can be continued many times.

 

Encaustic itself is ancient technique dates back to ancient Egypt and Greece, from at least the 4th century BCE. Once the classical era ended the encaustic technique fell out of use but never entirely went away. Then in the late 19th century it experienced a revival that has continued to this day.

Selected Shows & Exhibitions

2024

OPENING IN SEPTEMBER, Prairie Palette: Colors of the Flint Hills, Johnson County Library, Gardner KS

It's the Little Things, InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS

Under the Sun, Buttonwood ArtSpace, Kansas City MO

Passport, 80 Santa Fe Gallery, Overland Park, KS

Tallgrass: A Prairie Perspective, Featured Artist, Monarca Art Space, Kansas City MO

 

2023

Sanctuary: Nature and Solitude, Monarca Art Space, Kansas City MO

2023 Visions of the Flint Hills, Buttonwood ArtSpace, Kansas City, MO

Emergence, 80 Santa Fe Gallery, Overland Park, KS

Art Heals, InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS

Member Show, Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, St Joseph, MO

 

2022

2022 Visions of the Flint Hills, Buttonwood ArtSpace, Kansas City, MO

Her Art/Their Art, InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS

 

2021

Life in Quarantine, Art at the Center, Overland Park, KS

 

2020

Who Does She Think She Is? InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS

Local Women in Art Invitational Exhibition, Art at the Center, Overland Park, KS

 

2019

12x12 Show, InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS

Member Showcase, InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS

 

2018

One Night Stand, Kansas City Artist Coalition,

Kansas City, MO

 

2017

Kansas City Art Institute Continuing & Professional Studies Invitational Exhibition, Kansas City, MO

 

2016

Kansas City Art Institute Continuing & Professional Studies Invitational Exhibition, Kansas City, MO

 

2015

Kansas City Art Institute Continuing & Professional Studies Invitational Exhibition, Kansas City, MO

Related Experience

 

Artist member, the Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos, NM

Artist member, InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS

Master of Liberal Arts, Baker University

BS in Art Education, University of Alabama

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