Winter Berries

Winter Berries is a painting that has evolved over the course of several years, in tandem with my evolution as a painter. While few berries remain visible in this piece, hints remain beneath the layers of encaustics and oils with beeswax.

I reached a turning point in this piece when I added celadon green to the sky, touches of cad yellow pale mixed with white along the horizon, and dashes of green gold to the pines at the edges between the forest and the sky. The moment that I knew this painting was done was rapturous. After working intensely, I paused. At long last, the painting had resolved.

Wetland at Dusk

I am humbled, thrilled, and still in a state of shock to learn that Wetland at Dusk has received this year’s  Faber Birren National Color Award for original and creative expression of color!

As with much of my recent work, I started this piece with watercolors on a gessoed panel and then built layers of encaustics and oils with beeswax. My original intent was to do a painting inspired by Yellowstone’s colorful geothermal Artists Paintpots.

While I was pleased with the early layers, they didn’t quite capture the Paintpots as I recalled them. The piece evolved in a very different direction, and I followed, willingly.