My drive is to make art, teach workshops, protect the pollinators, and help support a vibrant art community in Central WI.
I paint because I was raised surrounded by a creative and arty family who always supported my artistic talent and ambition.
I began primarily using encaustics because I was captivated by its ancient history and was challenged by its process of heating and cooling which captures the dynamic of chaos and demands control unlike that of any other painting medium.
The process of encaustic demands a confident hand as well as a hand that can allow the spontaneity of the flow of the wax. This balance of discipline and disconformities are reflected in my work as well as my life.
My first year of college, I stumbled across the book about ancient funeral portraits that were painted with beeswax titled “The Mysterious Fayum Portraits: Faces from Ancient Egypt” by Euphrosyne Doxiadis. I became fascinated by this lost art and began my artist lifestyle.
In 2004 I received a research grant from UWSP to teach myself how to paint with molten pigmented beeswax. I graduated with a BFA in Studio Art with a painting emphasis in 2006. I didn’t get into graduate school so I began exhibiting at art festivals.
I am a working artist, an art fair exhibitor, and an encaustic workshop instructor. My art studio, Buzz in Art Studios, is located in Stevens Point, WI. I am a member of Gallery Q: Artists Cooperative, Council Chair for the Stevens Point Festival of the Arts, and on the steering committee for the Hidden Studios Art Tour in Central WI.
Gardening, houseplants, my rescue mutt Tony, music, beer, hiking, and boating.
I am an artist because my parents let me be who I wanted to be. They have always supported me.
Even today. My new Art Van!
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