I started painting at a young age, drew the back alleys and store fronts of Toronto as a teenager, and took photos wherever I've travelled since. Strong lines, intriguing perspectives and whimsical colour combinations draw me into urban landscapes. It's a challenge to pull it off in encaustic; it's unpredictable and unruly, like a city.
Encaustic paint is a mixture of bee's wax, damar resin and pigment. This mixture is applied hot, dries quickly and is then fused. My substrates are beautiful birch panels, 1.5" deep. I use an iron, a blow torch or heat gun to fuse each layer. Between layers, I gouge, scratch, carve, polish and rub in oil sticks. It's a painstaking process that results in a luminous finish.
Quilting is my other passion. Colour, texture, layers and depth. Like encaustic painting there's a richness and a lot for my hands to do. I learned to quilt making traditional quilts from patterns and quickly moved on to designing my own "traditional" quilts and more artistic original pieces.
I also work at my business Creative Infusion where I am a booking agent for acoustic musicians.