As a painter I am continuing an historical tradition of exploring the boundaries between the natural and the artificial. My works are created with the ancient painting technique of wax encaustic. I manipulate numerous layers of translucent and pigmented beeswax that are fused together with a blowtorch to create a smooth, skin-like surface. The effect of diffused light produces an atmosphere which remains minimalist and abstract. Light is allowed to permeate the painting and alter the imagery in a living, organic manner.