Encaustic Arts Magazine WINTER 2017 - Page 97

My work in encaustic has evolved over the years. I love to learn and I’m always looking for ways to ways to expand my knowledge and challenge myself. Something Sarah Krepp, Director of Dialogue Chicago said in a recent critique workshop hosted by FUSEDChicago, stuck with me. “Make it worth the walk!” I look at every painting to analyze if this statement is true about it. Is the piece interesting from a distance? Is there a payoff for those who take the time to really get intimate with the painting and take a closer look? One of my first series, was of geometric works that combined pattern and bold or subtle variations of color that were reminiscent of textiles, nature, and oriental rugs. These pieces were part of my body of work titled Touch. Named so because viewers often have the urge to ‘touch’ the paintings. I like the idea of viewers being able to interact not just visually but also tactilely with my work; so, in some cases, I invite them to do just that. Most recently pieces from this series were part of an art exhibit called Visions at Friedman Place in Chicago, IL. Friedman Place is a community for adults who are blind or visually impaired. Attendees were invited to Touch. (Images: Broken Tapestry, Grey and Night Song are pieces from this series).