I make art for the purposes of self-expression and release. My art always has a personal meaning but my hope is that the viewer finds her own personal meaning in it, whether or not it is the same as my own. Sometimes I incorporate collage elements into encaustic medium in order to create a rich texture and mysterious element in my work. My other encaustic works celebrate the possibilities of the medium itself, exploring the rich colors of the paint and the effects made possible with heating it.
I find inspiration in the transcendent aspect of birds, in abandoned houses and industrial decay, in the mountains, trees, and water, in deep sensual passions. My influences include my childhood in Minnesota farm country, the early video work of Michael Stipe, and the films of Werner Herzog.