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About Me

Mills Gallery opening 2020

Celebrating alternative processes...

Encaustic Cyanotype

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My Art

Check out the slide show of my process.

I am an encaustic artist, in Orlando, Florida.  Inspired by the native plants and beaches, I create one of a kind pieces of art in the beautiful Florida sun.  You can often find me outside in the sunshine producing cyanotype prints that I will later use in encaustic paintings.

Encaustic painting is an ancient art form. It combines bees wax, damar resin and pigments that, once heated, become a molten paint which continually moves and changes, giving way to beautiful translucent images and happy accidents.

Recently I have been experimenting with cyanotypes.  This alternative photography process uses the light of the sun to develop an image. I choose native plants from around the area to create an image, which is then  combined with encaustic paints to further enhance its beauty. 

Combining the two mediums...

that is a Modern take on Botanicals!

Ever since I can remember, this Florida girl, has been making art from things I found in nature. 


As a young girl I grew up, on the beach, in South Florida, . I spent countless hours gluing shells onto paper to make pictures. 


I got my degree in elementary education at Stetson University.   After graduation, I moved back to the beach, getting a teaching position in New Smyrna.   I loved to incorporate art into my lessons, but teaching was not for me. When my husband and I moved to Orlando for his job,  I decided to go back to school for interior design.  I did office interiors until the late 90s, when my daughter was born.  I loved the years at home with my kids and we did plenty of art together!  When they started school I started a faux finishing business.  As faux went out of style, I transitioned back into office interiors for a bit, but left to support my kids settling into college.

Now an empty nester, I am free to celebrate art for myself again and I am right back to making art from things I find in nature. 


I am a member of Florida Wax, a Chapter of International Encaustics Artists.  As a group, we have exhibited at Casselberry Art House, Sanford Welcome Center, Winter Park University Club, and  Mills Gallery.  I have also exhibited my work at Lake Mary Museum, FAVO, Quantum Leap Winery and Orlando Museum of Art's first Thursdays show of local artists.  

I have future exhibits in the works; see my shows page for details.

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Exposing the Cyanotype

Once the paper is dry, I place plant material on top and lay it in the sun to produce the print. Before exposing it to the light, I make sure the plant is positioned just so, and place it under glass.