Four years ago, I started working almost exclusively in clay. Although painting has long been a primary medium for me, the tactile qualities of clay have become my preferred process to express my ideas of light as well as dark, and the unrest and taboos of life in today's social climate. My pieces are based on my own experiences and observations, emphasizing and exaggerating human or animal, facial and physical expression. I make work that speaks to me, and hopefully speaks to others.
To expand my visual vocabulary, I've been following my instincts towards a greater spiritual understanding of traditions and rituals of the distant past. For me, they help convey the intensity of contemporary life.
My sculptures and paintings are figurative or animal-like. My clay pieces are usually made with porcelain rolled into another clay body that allows the clay to crack and split while firing providing surface qualities which are essential to my work. My encaustic pieces on wood are usually made with oil paint, beeswax, and resin. These elements are fused together with heat to form a surface that is durable and cures over time. This is a very old technique dating back to the Fayum Mummy Portraits in ancient Egypt.