My art is mixed media combining assemblage, encaustic painting, the use of books as substrates and found objects as interesting embellishments. I like to generate layers of information in my artwork, but keep it mysterious....almost dreamy. My work themes seem to come from observations, happenings, and the influence of science in my life.
From my early childhood I have been fascinated with books and unusual objects. Books allowed my mind to travel everywhere and I liked old, dusty, faded books because they had age which reminded me of history. I am attracted to found objects that look as though they have once come from something interesting, belonged to a mysterious family, or that look valuable, but may have had little or no importance to others such as old forks, buttons, old letters and metal remnants. I always have had collections of small objects, coins, arrowheads, old rusty items, and fascinating “things” in little boxes and cloth bags (my favorite was the old Bull Durham tobacco bags and cigar boxes that I got from the smoke store in my hometown of Thermopolis, Wyoming).
I completed undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming (B.S. Zoology and Chemistry) and graduate studies at Tulane University (Ph.D. Anatomy and Neuroscience). Though I am a self-taught artist, I have drawn incredible experiences from workshops and colleagues.