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.

Winter Light

February

Exploring the theme of creating a sense of vastness through very small paintings. Starting with a wash of watercolors on a cradled wood panel, I build layers of encaustics, create the turbulent sky by intensifying the heat with a heat gun and then adding touches of oil paints mixed with beeswax.

Field in Winter

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