My main artistic passion is music - I play jazz bass and sing. I had explored visual arts in my youth but hadn’t been active in years. I discovered encaustic painting in 2016, and haven't looked back! I am particularly enticed by the textural quality of encaustic painting. I often begin with a photograph, layer with encaustic (beeswax) paint and pan pastels, incorporate materials such as eco-dyed silk and found objects, then finish with metallics. Encaustic painting is similar to jazz because it is very improvisational - you might have a plan, but the hot wax has a plan of its own, so the art comes from letting the materials guide the journey.