My most recent art has been a response to my experiences in the deserts of the southwest. Traveling and exploring these vast wild spaces have been a great inspiration and source of imagery for my art. I have been collecting samples of colored earth along my travels and after refining the earth in my studio I incorporate these incredible pigment colors in my encaustic art. Theses samples of the earth function as an artifact of my presence in these spaces and my physical contact with the earth. I have overlaid the brilliant colored earths on fairly neutral abstract designs that represent the open expanses of the deserts which often appear empty and neutral yet contain surprising wonders of geology and color.
In my newest work, earth pigments, rust, and coffee grounds are imbedded in the wax surfaces of wood panels which are bolted together in geometric arrangements. The luminosity and finely granular texture are reminiscent of suede and velvet.