My life and my art are a continual search for the balance between the feminine and the masculine, the intuitive and the intellectual.
I believe in joyfully embracing all parts of self—even if these parts seem to be opposed.
I grew up in New Jersey in a Jewish family where art was considered a good thing but you better not think of trying to make a career out of it. I remember making Christmas decorations with pinecones, glitter and ribbons that my friends and I sold to our neighbors— so that was a start!
Discouraged from taking art classes, I felt drawn first to psychology and then photography. My photographic sensibility was abstraction and pattern which permeate my work to this day.
My approach to the arts also coincides with my attraction to living “outside the box.” I remember a philosophy professor who would come to class barefooted in the winter, and once, showed up with his beard and mustache completely shaved on one side of his face but not the other. I was intrigued by his unorthodox behavior and reveled in the idea that we don’t always have to conform to social norms or constructs.
I have lived and traveled extensively throughout Mexico where I learned Spanish and fell in love with the people and every aspect of their rich culture. The artists, craftspeople, and community folks I met possessed a joyful authenticity that came straight from the heart.
At times it’s difficult for me to articulate my feelings or thoughts, but when I was introduced to the beeswax medium known as “encaustic,” my world opened up! The sensual elasticity of encaustic allows me to drift into another consciousness where I find true freedom of expression. I want my passion and joy to spill onto the piece for all to see.
Dualism (yin yang)
Beeswax & mixed media
Texture & layering