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After Sunset, 11 x 14 inches

After Sunrise, 11 x 14 x 1.5 inches

Location: Seattle, WA

Year: 2023

Following a delightful conversation about colors, contrast and design patterns, an image formed in my head. I had great direction from my client, which game me direction for my next moves. First I laid down the warm base colors, and created the multi-colored base pattern. After this layer dried, I did an encaustic pour. I scraped back approximately 5-6 layers and added the triangle pattern with various blues. I spent several hours cleaning up edges, and then finished the piece with a contrasting color to add depth and surface tension.


Birdie, 8 x 8 x 2 inches

Location: Centennial, CO

Year: 2021

I loved this project, and would be pleased as punch to meet Birdie in person some day. After seeing the original photograph, and getting more details about who this young person is, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I added metallic and carved the folds of the towel to make it look more like a super hero's cape, continued to age the image with rust on the surface and included nails that correspond to the quote: "Birds are tough as nails."

Cristo Wilderness 1 of 2

Cristo Wilderness, 12 x 48 x 2.75 inches

Location: Centennial, CO

Year: 2021

A longtime friend of mine recently purchased a vacation home overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado. She envisioned a sweeping abstract for over her bed that reflected on the views outside her door. In addition to carved topographical maps and hand-fashioned flowers, I embedded a subtle metallic horizon line outlining the mountain peaks. The Arkansas rapids rush through both panels of this encaustic abstract landscape.

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Brothers, 10 x 10 x 1.25 inches

Location: Oakland, CA

Year: 2021

I received a call from a young woman looking to commission an artist to finish a project that was started, but not completed. Her timeline was short, but her project touched my heart. This was a gift to honor the memory of one of these brothers, both of whom were/are her friends. She provided the photograph, and I provided all the finishing touches. I made it appear that they are floating in the clouds together.

diptych commissioned painting

Keene Valley, 24 x 60 inches (diptych)

Location: Kirkwood, MO

Year: 2020

A friend approached me about creating this painting for her. An avid mountain climber and hiker, she had a specific design in mind, but also commented on attributes of other paintings of mine that she liked. After selecting the size and framing, we worked up a palette of colors, collaborated on the content, and agreed on the design of this painting. 

Commissioned Art
Commissioned Art, Encaustic Art

Beyond The Hill, 18 x 24 inches (diptych)

Location: Walnut Creek, CA

Year: 2019

I met this married couple during a fund-raising event at our local library. Since we live in the same town, they visited my studio to learn more about my art and inspiration. In return, I visited their home to discuss the project and review the location planned for the artwork. We spent a while discussing sizes, dimensions and hanging options. Then I introduced them to my palette selection game, and we talked about family, travel and hobbies. These discussions help me determine what I will paint.

Blue Heron & Seascape I, 3 x 5 inches each

Location: Seattle, WA

Year: 2014

This client first saw and purchased my artwork from the A/NT Gallery in Seattle, Washington. He fell in love with the medium, and appreciated my vision. When he started looking for specific artwork, he inquired about commissioning a painting, or two. We discussed his desired imagary, based on my previous paintings at the gallery, reviewed his color choices, and decided how many paintings, their sizes and how they would be framed. 

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