Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Spring 2007)
Atmosphere & Energy Program, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (May 2003)
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Previous: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Art is equal parts adventure, experiment, release and retrospection. Every day is an adventure to find new worlds and experience new sensations. Each painting is a series of experiments to get closer and closer to capturing a memory, a sensation or a thrilling moment. A day in the studio is time well spent and a release for my mind, body and my soul. Moments are measured in brushstrokes and memories are relived through expression. My art is an expression of my time spent outdoors, enjoying the landscape, playing in the mountains and my connection to nature.
I work largely with encaustic, milk paint, pencil, oil and watercolor. I draw inspiration from drifting clouds, mountains, trees, the atmosphere, and inclement weather. Encaustic acts the part of the atmosphere, creating depth, space and even time in which to create my ethereal landscapes. I work from memory and my own photographs and use encaustic as a way to capture and preserve those moments. And just like my memory, the re-creation is not picture perfect – it is hazy, saturated, and highlighted in the way that I can best recall.
I have always been an artist, dreamed about art, and created through whatever medium was at hand. Knowing that I could always be an artist regardless of whether or not I had a degree in it, I chose to not study art in college and instead earned two degrees in engineering. After a number of years working as a sustainability consulting helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint, I realized I was still dreaming about art, painting and creating. In 2009, my husband and I built a studio out of a reclaimed shipping container where I could work on my art and he could have his wood workshop.
Encaustic painting is a very old painting technique using beeswax, and damar resin to create rich, organic and beautiful works of art. To paint with encaustic, I heat the wax+pigment+resin compound to a liquid phase and then paint on a hard surface. Afterwards, the encaustic is fused with high heat to bond it to the other layers. My paintings also feature milk paint, which is a non-toxic, casein-based paint, which bonds well with the encaustic and gives me the precision I need to create my scenes. The milk paint is encased in the wax to build up the 3-dimensional scene.
National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition | Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos, NM | 2013
FIVE Group Show | Gallery Mar, Park City, UT | 2013
Atmospheric Intentions Show | Gallery Mar, Park City, UT | 2013
Affordable Art Fair Seattle | Gallery Mar, Seattle, WA | 2012
My Favorite Place Group Exhibition | Gallery Mar, Park City, UT | 2012
Plein Air Artist | Wasatch Plein Air Paradise Festival, Midway Heritage Association, Midway, UT | 2012
Plein Air Artist for Annual Members Golf Tournament | Glenwild Country Club, Park City, UT | 2012
Teacher’s Assistant for Shawna Moore Encaustic & Pigment Stick Workshop | Spiro Arts Center, Park City, UT | 2012
Kimball Art Center Members Pin Up Show | Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT | 2011
Plein Air Artist for Savor the Summit | Bill White Restaurant Group, Park City, UT | 2011
Local Utah Encaustic Artists Show | Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT | 2011
Locals December Show | Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT | 2009
The Human Form Exhibition for Spiro Arts Life Drawing Group | Spiro Arts, Park City, UT | 2009
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