In this space, I can express what inspires me, through pigments, texture, movement, and impressions. It is here where I fuse my personally developed medium of Wax, Acrylic pigments, and Sand to porous surfaces. All the materials I work with today, I’ve been compelled to express myself through them. I’ve explored with porcelain, Luxe textiles such as velvet and silks, copper, fresco, resin, precious gems, and precious metals. I am creating artwork that feels Luxurious, Contemporary, Artisan and true to life. I aspire to create work that my clients are proud to have invested in for generations. I am so thankful to have such a beautiful space to build in, here on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Island is full of daily inspiration and saltwater therapy. Within minutes I can easily pack up my mobile studio and take my work on the beach, and I usually do. Creating Plein Air is such a privilege, especially when you live in Hawaii! What you see externally is what I am experiencing internally. Welcome to my curated space.
I travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape me. Throughout my years of traveling, I have fallen in love with Sand. Every beach I have ever visited displays a different hue, texture, granular size and feel. It's quite remarkable. When permitted, I have incorporated collected sand in my work. For certain collectors, using a natural element brings a sense of reminiscence to the work. Many places do not allow the removal of sand or seashells from their seashores, especially here in Hawaii. In those instances I have substituted with generic craft sand for the immense depth and texture in my work.
Why wax, why not?! This organic compound has been manipulated as a Fine Art medium for centuries. The oldest Fine Art paintings in the world are Encaustic, preserved within the Louvre Museum in Paris. The collection of work is known as the Romano Egyptian Fayum Portraits. The work also appears to have been created yesterday! Encaustic discipline is a way of preserving your artwork indefinitely. Working with wax has given me the ability to develop semi-realism imagery that appears to be almost the real thing. The Word Encaustic is derived from the Greek word enkaustikos which means to burn in. The layers of pigment, wax and the porous surface must be fused with heat. Once the wax has molten down, I apply the medium to my work, layer by layer until the desired level of opacity. I then take my hand torch and gently begin fusing the layers. Working with this warm liquid is so exotic, especially when beeswax is incorporated, as the studio and the piece indefinitely radiate the sweet smell of honey.
ORIGINAL PIECES OF WORK CAN BE AUTHENTICATED BY THE WAX SEAL IMPRINT ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE WORK. OLDER WORKS MAY HAVE THE SEAL ON THE BACK OF THE ARTWORK. ALL ORIGINAL WORK HAS ALSO BEEN SIGNED AND YEARLY DATED.