'Into the Abyss'
Oil, cold wax mixed media on paper
300 x 300mm
From the Breaking Through Series
Cold wax mixed media on paper
250 x 250mm
I am a professional contemporary mixed media artist and workshop facilitator/teacher, living on the Sunshine Coast of SE Queensland, Australia.
I am captivated by oils and wax both encaustic hot wax and cold wax because of its ancient history, painting with oils and wax demands control unlike that of any other medium I have used. I mostly approach art-making intuitively, following my inclination into new territory with each piece telling me where it needs to go. The route can be effortless or challenging - either way I am pulled along, interpreting sensory memories of particular places where I have lived or spent time. This medium reflects how my mind processes and stores the environment around me.
I use beeswax hardened with castor wax and mixed with oil paints or pure dry pigments. This luscious, engaging medium fits for me, as it allows for a dialogue to take place between myself and the wax. This ‘back and forth’ nature of painting with wax opens me to the mystery of what cannot be known - but only glimpsed at. I let go of attachment, which for me is an on-going loosening of expectation. It allows for a spontaneous response to what happens during the process – when using hot wax drips can be fused into the piece, or scraped off, ‘mistakes’ lead to new ways of pushing the medium.
Building up layers, and gouging down to reveal what is below creates an opportunity for the unexpected to reveal itself. The unfolding of mystery reveals the inherent beauty in the piece. This is what pulls me forward, leads me into the unknown, embracing and/or grappling with whatever comes up. Ultimately a thorough understanding of design composition (form and context) is very important in creating successful abstract designs.
An important element of my creative processes is the conscious review of the various possibilities available with the work, occasionally there is an awareness of the guiding hand of the unconscious in the background, interposing it seems at crucial moments, selecting and working these possibilities into meaningful elements which in turn creates a sense of mystery and at times storytelling through my personal mark making.
From the Seychelles Series
Encaustic hot wax mixed media on board
250 x 250mm
Seychelles Series I 'Transitions'