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About the Artist
The intention behind my artwork is to transport viewers to worlds unseen, while imbuing them with a sense of nostalgia or mystery. My process draws on color, pattern and texture from familiar elements in nature, which I arrange through paint and encaustic techniques into visuals of unfamiliar places. I veer away from the detail presented in traditional landscapes and hyperrealist scenery, and instead highlight universal visuals through an impressionistic focus. In this way I aim to paint a porthole to another world, not a view out the window. The effect is liberation from the world we inhabit in the present moment, and an escape to a place with the eerie familiarity of a lost memory.
In my piece Hypnotic Tides, I use a variety of tools and methods to achieve different feels between the foreground and the sky. For the ocean I used my encaustic heat gun and carving tools to give the still wet painted surface the right consistency and tackiness to effectively carve into the piece exposing prior layers below. For the sky I wanted a looser, less concrete feeling which I accomplished by creating varying mixtures of paint, coffee grounds and sand and applying them with brushes, trowels, pie cutters and a grout knife.