Currently I am working from my Montana studio in Billings using a variety of techniques and mediums such as oil-based paints, oil pencil and encaustics. I also work with water-based inks, watercolor and graphite. In particular, encaustic is one of my favorite mediums. I like to achieve the character of hot wax painting by suspending textures, images and pigments through many layers of fused medium. Encaustic medium requires a specific proportion of purified beeswax mixed with natural fossilized resin, blended with oil-based pigments. My original encaustic works have a unique, lustrous and sculptural appeal. The painting cures and hardens into an ever-enduring work of art while the pollen in the wax produces a final golden luster, leaving a natural fragrance of beeswax. Throughout time, encaustic paintings have proven their longevity and exceptional archival properties when cared for as with all fine art forms.
Besides creating art, I've enjoyed traveling across many states to exhibit, compete, teach and demonstrate my art and techniques. My works have been juried into national and international competitions, awarded and exhibited at galleries throughout the western and mid-western regions, including several national museums. It was an honor to be awarded a Professional Development Grant from the Montana Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for my Pastel Monotype works. Also, my art works have been juried into the Missoula Art Museum, the Waterworks Art Museum in Miles City and the Yellowstone Art Museum's annual auction and consignment gallery. The Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico chose certain of my works for their permanent collection and a variety of my art works have shown throughout the state of Nebraska with the ANAC Exhibition as well as being juried into the annual Colorado International Rosicrucian Art Exhibition.
After graduating from Bassist College of Design in Portland, I worked as an architectural store planner and commercial interior designer with leading upscale retailers in Oregon and Washington. During the course of my design experience, I developed a visual display company in Portland that eventually expanded to include a full-service floral business where I earned design awards in Oregon competitions.
Working as a designer and artist has given me great happiness in my life and with my special appreciation for Montana artists, I established the Billings Gallery of Fine Art where, for several years, many local and regional artists displayed and sold their works. My dedication to the arts is everlasting and I continue to enjoy the beauty that Montana has to offer and the artists who have inspired me to always find joy in the art of being creative.
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