I come from a long line of skilled storytellers, and this tradition plays a role in my paintings. When I hear a compelling story, painting pictures in my mind is not enough. It is my desire to interpret and visually transcribe beyond the original meaning of what I hear or experience. When a concept resonates with me in a way that I cannot shake, I head to my studio to create my own representation of those ideas.
Although my artwork often reflects my feelings, there are times when I explore traditions that are not my own. For example, I have a series based on the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery with precious metals, which I use as a metaphor for how people reveal their internal strife and scars. In 2016, I heard a story told by Director, Lulu Wang, on “This American Life,” about a Chinese tradition called Chongxi. The literal meaning is to “wash away misfortune with joy;” Unable to stop thinking about it, I got busy painting.
Encaustic paint is the perfect medium because this process has its own story to tell. It has all the elements of a good story: luminous layers, texture, and imagery that gives pause and creates dramatic effects. Like a good story, my art is never truly complete until it has been shared. I love to educate my viewers about this art form while discovering how my interpretations and connect with others.