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Jan 15, 2013

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What ways do you express yourself prophetically?

The emotional connection to my work is the ability to portray the truths of our existence through the depth of color. The Spirit speaks our Heavenly Fathers Word to me in many brilliant shades of the fire and passion of His heart. Creation screams His Majesty and my work is a unique portrayal of my personal relationship with the Creator, who is in fact the Greatest Artist.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky displays what his hands have made. One day tells a story to the next. One night shares knowledge with the next
without talking,
without words,
without their voices being heard.
Yet, their sound has gone out into the entire world,
their message to the ends of the earth.
He has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun,
which comes out of its chamber like a bridegroom.
Like a champion, it is eager to run its course.
It rises from one end of the heavens.
It circles around to the other.
Nothing is hidden from its heat.

Psalm 19:1-6

My use of the beeswax medium, a complex composition of raw and unrefined beauty, I believe speaks for itself in its involvement in my works. It can stand alone but even more, richly compliment due to its unique qualities and range of depth.



Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, is an ancient art medium involving heat and layered pigmented beeswax. I use only the finest unbleached, naturally filtered beeswax and prepare this medium for use by first adding damar resin, a natural sap harvested from trees grown in the East Indies. I incorporate pure, powdered pigments into this liquid/paste creating translucent tints before applying the wax mixture. With a variety of heated tools and materials, I then pour, paint, sculpt and manipulate the wax onto wood or other prepared substrate in numerous layers. The archival qualities of this medium are superior to any other but the true beauty of encaustic paintings is their luminosity. Light can really play off this medium giving the colors a unique depth. The light does not get reflected from the surface of the painting, but rather penetrates the different wax layers and reflects back out. Encaustic naturally repels moisture and can tolerate heat more than most other mediums yet may become quite fragile in temperatures cooler that 40 degrees. The painting's surface may be lightly polished with a lint-free rag to produce a satin luster. No other actions are required accept this occasional buffing to retain the visual beauty of the brilliancy and texture of the work.

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