Carteographs & recent work

Much of my work is inspired by my fascination with maps of all kinds, and what they tell us about societies’ intrinsic desire to not only create but also document their built environments. Maps of ancient ruins are often the only thing left of ancient or prehistoric cultures – and it excites the imagination to fill in the gaps. Humans build communities, and the community’s social boundaries and cultural customs are expressed in the patterns of those maps. Often, our worlds shape us as much as we shape them. I strive to convey the embodied spirit of those former or imagined worlds in material form.

Vessoul

Vessoul

Charred cedar, gut, rattan 20" x 18" x 6"

Fallow Fields

Fallow Fields

Beeswax, damar resin, paper, oil pigment stick and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 18"

Root of all Evil

Root of all Evil

Beeswax, damar resin, silver leaf, cardboard, roots, paper and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 18"

Detente

Detente

Beeswax, damar resin, paper, wood and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 24"

Paradox of Loss

Paradox of Loss

Wood branch, wood veneer, wire, cord, stone. 36" x 24" x 5"

Paradox of Loss, detail

Paradox of Loss, detail

Wood branch, wood veneer, wire, cord, stone. 36" x 24" x 5"

For Richer, For Poorer

For Richer, For Poorer

Clay, wax, damar resin, powdered pigments, oil stick, sisal. 14" x 12" x 4"

Arctic Exposed (detail)

Arctic Exposed (detail)

Poured wax, charcoal, powdered pigment, rock salt 4" x 4" x +-3" (each)

Arctic, Exposed

Arctic, Exposed

Poured wax, charcoal, powdered pigment, rock salt 4" x 4" x +-3" (each)

New Nazca

New Nazca

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, oil pigment sticks and india ink on cradled birch panel 36" x 36" SOLD

Reverberations

Reverberations

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, oil pigment sticks and india ink on cradled birch panel 36" x 36" SOLD

New Nazca (detail)

New Nazca (detail)

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, oil pigment sticks and india ink on cradled birch panel 36" x 36" SOLD

Reverberations (detail)

Reverberations (detail)

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, oil pigment sticks and india ink on cradled birch panel 36" x 36" SOLD

For A Brief Shining Moment

For A Brief Shining Moment

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, faux gold leaf, oil pigment sticks and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 24"

Lost Land of the Cloud People

Lost Land of the Cloud People

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, bark, oil pigment stick and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 24"

Depth Soundings | Safe Harbor

Depth Soundings | Safe Harbor

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, tree bark, charcoal and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 16" x 20"

An Unexpected Thaw

An Unexpected Thaw

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, faux gold leaf and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 24" NFS

Border Closings

Border Closings

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, oils and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 24"

Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, imitation gold leaf, oils and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 24"

Everything was perfect until it wasn

Everything was perfect until it wasn

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, and powdered pigments on cradled birch panel 18" x 24" (SOLD)

Carteograph #1, Tra Le Vigne

Carteograph #1, Tra Le Vigne

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, powdered pigments, plant material on cradled birch panel 18" x 18" (SOLD)

Carteograph #2, Over the River

Carteograph #2, Over the River

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, pastels, roots on cradled birch panel 18" x 18" (SOLD)

Carteograph #3, Central Park

Carteograph #3, Central Park

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, pastels, powdered graphite, roots on cradled birch panel 18" x 18" (SOLD)

Carteograph #5, Adrift

Carteograph #5, Adrift

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, pastels, rusted metal on cradled birch panel 18" x 18" (SOLD)

Carteograph #4, Childhood Roots

Carteograph #4, Childhood Roots

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, pastels, string on cradled birch panel 18" x 18"

Carteograph #6, Past Reflections

Carteograph #6, Past Reflections

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, graphite on cradled birch panel 18" x 18" (SOLD)

Carteograph #7, It Takes a Village

Carteograph #7, It Takes a Village

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, paper, vellum, pencil on cradled birch panel 18" x 18"

We are ALL Immigrants

We are ALL Immigrants

Encaustic & mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, powdered pigments, vellum, graphite, charcoal and paper on cradled birch panel 24" x 24"

A Punch to the Gut

2016

The US elections left many of us feeling shattered, as if we'd been attacked, and wanting to hit back in response. The creation of these images reflected the mental and emotional violence of that process ... the surfaces have been stabbed, slashed and scarred to reveal the built-up accretions underneath.

Election 1, Shape of Dialogue

Election 1, Shape of Dialogue

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, nails, pigments and pastel on cradled birch panel 18" x 18"

Election 2, Unsalvageable

Election 2, Unsalvageable

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, pigment and pastel on cradled birch panel 18" x 18"

Election 3, From Unexpected Quarters

Election 3, From Unexpected Quarters

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, pigment and pastel on cradled birch panel 18" x 18"

Ghost Totems

2016 - 2019

The belief that we can speak to those who have gone before is as universal as it is necessary. Inspired by traditional Congo shamans' masks, these totems serve as the conduit to communicate with our ancestors, our lost families, even our future or past selves.

Broken in Transit

Broken in Transit

Clay, beeswax, resin, powdered graphite, found objects 6" x 14"

Ghost Totem #1

Ghost Totem #1

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, clay, paper, pastels, and wire on reclaimed wood 4" x 16"

Ghost Totem #1, detail

Ghost Totem #1, detail

Ghost Totem 6

Ghost Totem 6

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, clay, powdered gold, pastels, newsprint, and dirt on reclaimed wood 4" x 16"

Ghost Totem #2

Ghost Totem #2

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, and clay on reclaimed wood 4" x 16"

Ghost Totem #2, detail

Ghost Totem #2, detail

Ghost Totem #3

Ghost Totem #3

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, clay, paper, pastels, and nails on reclaimed wood 4" x 16"

Ghost Totem #5

Ghost Totem #5

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, clay, rusted metal, paper clay, and wire on reclaimed wood 4" x 16"

Ghost Totem #5, detail

Ghost Totem #5, detail

Ghost Totem #4

Ghost Totem #4

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, clay, and pastels on reclaimed wood 4" x 16"

Qosqo Dyads

2017

A chance exposure to the art of ancient Inca stoneworking left me blissfully haunted, as if the stones were speaking to me from eons past. Those shapes have been inserting themselves in these studies, and the arrangements of pairs let them continue to talk to each other.

talking stones dyad 1

talking stones dyad 1

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 2

talking stones dyad 2

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 3

talking stones dyad 3

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 4

talking stones dyad 4

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12" (SOLD)

talking stones dyad 5

talking stones dyad 5

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 6

talking stones dyad 6

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 7

talking stones dyad 7

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 8

talking stones dyad 8

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 9

talking stones dyad 9

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 10

talking stones dyad 10

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 11

talking stones dyad 11

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

talking stones dyad 12

talking stones dyad 12

Cold wax and oil pigments on Arches oil paper 9" x 12"

Black & White

2015

The simplicity of the palette in these paintings allows for engagement with the dimensional aspects. The wax has been both built up as well as scratched and carved into, providing a more primal emotional expression.

Mexican Excavation

Mexican Excavation

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, and pastel on oak panel 10 1/4" x 14 1/4"

On the Verge

On the Verge

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, rusted steel and pastel on oak panel 10 1/4" x 14 1/4" (SOLD)

Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, and pastel on oak panel 10 1/4" x 14 1/4"

Inside Outside Inbetwixt

2015 - 2016

Explorations of surface, depth and division

Opus

Opus

Encaustic - beeswax, damar resin, and india ink on cradled birch panel 10" x 10" x 1.5"

My Soul Is An Open Book

My Soul Is An Open Book

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, fabric and found paper on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Between Ripe and Ruin

Between Ripe and Ruin

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, and pastel on cradled birch panel 10" x 10" x 1.5" (SOLD)

Until My Darkness Goes

Until My Darkness Goes

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, india ink, string and cloth on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Pandora's Pillow

Pandora's Pillow

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, india ink and cloth on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Ova #1

Ova #1

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, powdered gold, thread, glass beads, and pastel on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Ova #2

Ova #2

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, powdered gold, and powdered graphite on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Ova #3

Ova #3

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, powdered gold, rusted steel, and pastel on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Ova #5

Ova #5

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, powdered gold, and pastel on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Ova #7

Ova #7

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, powdered gold, powdered bronze, fiber mesh, and pastel on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

Ova #8

Ova #8

Mixed media - beeswax, damar resin, plastic, and pastel on cradled birch panel 8" x 8" x 1.5" (SOLD)

Orb Ore Ova

2015

A series of circular forms with a curiously permuting scale - they can be thought of as small as a cell or as large as a celestial body. 

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Ghost Totem #1, detail