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Seraph

Encaustic Framed: 11.25 x 12.25″ ...

Full Moon

Hand-stitched Collage on Cotton Muslin F...

The Gold

Encaustic & Gold Leaf on Cradled Boa...

Sun Worship

Gelatin Monoprint Embellished Collage on...

Solitude

Encaustic Mixed Media Collage on Cradled...

Passion

Multi-Media Fiber Collage with Hand &...

Goal Keeper

Gelatin Monoprint with Multi-media Colla...

Fairy Tale

Encaustic/Fiber/Mixed Media 12″ x ...

Inspired

Encaustic/Fiber/Mixed Media 9″ x 1...

Healing

Encaustic/Fiber/Mixed Media 12″ x ...

Listen

Encaustic/Fiber/Mixed Media 10″ x ...

Unity

SOLD Encaustic/Fiber/Mixed Media 8.5R...

Of 2 Minds

Encaustic/Fiber/Mixed Media 11.5″ ...

Art Demons

Encaustic Mixed Media Collage 9-1/2̸...

Blocked

Encaustic Mixed Media Collage 14″x...

Pals

Cold wax & limestone clay Encaustic ...

New Life

Mixed Media on Paper 11″ x 10̸...

Blustery

Mixed media on paper 8-1/4″ x 7-1/...

To Life

SOLD Encaustic mixed media 10″ X 2...

Doodles

Encaustic mixed media 20″ X 24R...

Back Body

Encaustic mixed media 14″ X 18R...

Haunted

Oil on Canvas. 24″ X 17.5″ C...

Yin Yang

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 14″ Coll...

Titty-Cake

3D Encaustic mixed media 5″ X 5...

Mainers

SOLD Encaustic Mixed Media 8″ x 8&...

Lilith

Encaustic mixed media 16″ X 20R...

Growl

Cold Wax & Limestone Clay 4″ x...

Creamy

Encaustic 10″ x 10″

Bad Dog

Mixed media collage 11″ X 14″...

             An unexamined dream

          is like an unopened letter

                 from God.

                            Elie Wiesel

ARTIST’S | STATEMENT

 “CONFRONTATION with the UNCONSCIOUS”

Haunted

 

 

For many artists, the “what-to-paint-dilemma” is, at best, haunting, and at worst, it threatens to derail our creative pursuits altogether.  Gleefully, I have found answers and inspiration in one of the unlikeliest places—in what Carl Jung calls a “confrontation with the unconscious.”

In letting go of conventional methods of thinking about what to create, my experience has instead led me to surrendering to a process that can best be understood as an excavation of sorts—a diving into the depths that characterize the unconscious.  Here, of course, describing the process becomes tricky, murky, vague—in other words, precisely what we encounter as we plumb the depths of our selves and our psyches for inspiration.

Once again, Jung, himself an accomplished artist, offers clarity and even validation for a process which can be at once daunting and ecstatic: “I…can affirm that one can paint very complicated pictures without having the least idea of their real meaning.  While painting them, the picture seems to develop out of itself and often in opposition to one’s conscious intentions.”

For me, the result of this process– that is, my artwork– is not necessarily abstract, but my creations are often dream-like, in that they may be interpreted to reveal aspects that surprise and inform about the Self, the Unconscious, the Divine and their interrelationships.

Elie Wiesel has observed that  “An unexamined dream is like an unopened letter from God.” My corollary to that is that whenever I avoid  creative self-expression (by not prioritizing studio time, for example) I am, in effect, hoarding—or squandering—these unopened gems.

The optimistic side of this is that by allowing my creative process, and then sharing the results, I, as an artist, am opening a channel for others to access that inspiration which is inherent in the art.

As my artist’s statement explains

my work is utterly

incomprehensible

and is therefore

full of deep significance.

Calvin and Hobbes

That which remains

unconscious

Comes to us as

fate.

Carl Jung

FAQ |QUESTIONS

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