My work is a constant pursuit to maintain our connection to beauty and wonder while also acknowledging our separation from them. I choose each photograph as the base for an encaustic piece because there is some element of the image that resonates with this feeling of separation or acknowledgment of beauty. Encaustic medium is the physical representation of it in my work. However, my goal with photo encaustic is to reach the point where the wax begins to blend into the photograph and one is drawn into the scene rather than away from it. The boundary between the viewer and the image becomes fluid and translucent. Alternatively, using oil and cold wax, I free myself from the constraints of an image and try to reach the same connections and emotions by employing complementary elements of color, shape and line. I will often connect the two mediums of encaustic and oil via diptychs that initiate a conversation between the two ideas.
From downtown, take S Main St. Turn right onto Pendleton St and continue approximately 1 mile into the Village of West Greenville. Turn left onto Draper St, then right onto Abney. Drive through the gate of the historic Brandon Mill. Greenville Center for Creative Arts is located in the center of the mill complex. Studios are on the 2nd level. Enter front door, stairs are at the back of the gallery.