[COLD+HOT] SERIES: ENCAUSTIC AND OIL
For this body of work, I used primarily encaustics and oil paint, which was challenging with its process of heating and cooling and the manipulation of tools. Unlike any other medium, encaustic painting requires careful control of materials while allowing great spontaneity of the flow of the wax. I enjoy the demanding and occasionally chaotic process because it forces me to flow along with the work and I must let the wax and oil paint fuse and find its place. The instant solidifying of wax also requires me to be patient in reapplying and manipulating the medium while carefully observing the transforming environment around me. The long process of layering the surface with wax and oil is much like the way that my emotions and memories are layered. It was a spontaneous transformation process that gave me complete freedom and inner stillness of my mind and body.
For this series, I adopted a unique and experimental method for each finished painting. I first turned the surface into a deeply layered, sculptable palette. I am often thought of as an abstract painter and it is here that I bring the same techniques of bold and free movements I used for abstract oil on canvas paintings and added techniques of sculpture such as scraping, carving and fusing of wax on the surface. The final outcome of this demanding process and influence of my hand in manipulating the medium was an extremely expressive, complex, nuanced scene ostensibly in landscape. As if bringing up water from a deep well, I attempted to bring out the color within colors and line within lines on the surfaces. Color to me is self, representing life. The richness of oil and encaustic paint did the perfect service for me in order to create the richness of life and my intense gratitude.