>I am blissfully consumed by a new series of large portraits of strangers, 36” x 40”, utilizing my usual repertoire of encaustic and mixed media. I tend to move the same vintage photographs around my studio for years, until one day, their juxtaposition to another photograph, a piece of paper or swatch of color makes them ripe.
This new group of about a dozen images is always on my mind. The facial expression and posture of the figure in the photograph influence the palette, lines and marks that I use to create the biographical abstract drawings and paintings. There is a dialogue between encaustic paint, image, paper and ephemera. I work on 3-4 paintings simultaneously because they inform each other and lead me to the next step. There are no rules for placement of the components, but some how they are there guiding me to find the right balance. My studio is humming.
Work in progress: