I was raised in Baltimore, and my father, an educator, instilled in me an early and enduring love for the natural world. I spent much of my childhood on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and now make my home on the edge of a state park and reservoir. I find peace in the outdoors. I am not just a passive admirer, though. In 2007, I led a neighborhood coalition that opposed BGE's destruction of hillside trees in our valley.
My concerns about the environment have been a catalyst for my paintings for the last ten years.
In 2014, I began painting in encaustic and was fascinated with the fluidity, luminosity and tactile qualities of this new medium. It has allowed me to continue to explore the tentative nature of our inner and outer landscapes. My approach has been not to reproduce objects and their environments realistically but to paint a response to the emotional reaction they invoke.
For example, in the winter painting, "Winter's Heart #2", I was responding to "repairs" (rather than restoration) made by the City that abraded a gravel road and trails, leaving a litter of tree roots and debris and mud. The tree roots were added to my painting as well as a painted bird image, that to me, is a metaphorical harbinger of beneficial or harmful events.
On a lighter note, the summer paintings are what they are. Colors; a response to brilliant blooming colors and new beginnings.