Artist Statement : Encaustic
I am an artist working primarily with photography and encaustic beeswax. Through my camera, I collect the beautiful colors and textures of daily life. When I take photographs, even highly abstracted ones, they hold powerful memories of when, where, and why.
I am especially interested in the elasticity of light as it dances around shadow and reflection. Capturing light is sometimes ethereal and sometimes edgy. It is intriguing how the camera lens “sees” differently than the eye.
My method of developing photography involves transferring the ink from my prints onto cradled panels and saturating with encaustic. This creates soft imagery with a luminous glow and aromatic scent of beeswax.
The transfer process makes me feel connected to my artwork. My hands are on every print, smoothing and burnishing and revealing the final imagery. The rhythm becomes a moving meditation. Each transfer is unique, an absolute one of a kind. The transfer process literally transforms the original image into something new.
Layers of encaustic illuminate the imagery and lend visual depth and texture to the photographs. It is the perfect finishing touch. Beeswax has a very sensuous surface, yet it is also highly archival and durable.
Selected work is featured. To see a portfolio of available collections and view gallery information, please visit my Collections page. To purchase artwork that is available through my studio, please visit my Shop page.
To view my artist video, read my biographical article, or see upcoming classes, please visit my Artist page.
Recent Exhibitions and Events
2019 Penland Gallery 34rd Annual Benefit Auction: Penland School of Craft, Penland NC
2019 Quiet Hour, placed into Permanent Collection: Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine, Asheville NC
2019 Vignettes, Pop Up Exhibit: Atrium Gallery at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Highlands NC
2019 50 States / 200 Artists Encaustic Exhibition: Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe NM
2019 Butterfly, placed into Permanent Collection: Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe NM
2019 Allanstand Interiors at the Folk Art Center: Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville NC
2019 Renewal, placed into Permanent Collection: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem NC
2019 310 ART Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibition: 310 ART Gallery, River Arts District, Asheville NC
2018 Light is Elastic: Artist Talk with Erin Keane at The Gallery at Flat Rock, Flat Rock NC
2018 Sometimes, Small Group Invitational Exhibit: Artist Talk and Demo with Erin Keane at A Closer Look: Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord NC
2018 Lakescape, placed into Permanent Collection: Pardee Cancer Center Prayer Room: Hendersonville NC
2018 Member Exhibition, juried by Candace Reilly, assistant director and curator at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery: Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville NC
Please feel welcome to contact me regarding artwork availability and I will be happy to connect you with the representing gallery.