I paint multilayered landscapes in oil and cold wax, which I then melt with a heating lamp to show how various elements of the landscape want to dissolve into one another. Sometimes, in my 'Daphne' series, a voyeur melts into the landscape. This Greek myth has a woman turning into a tree, and it's key for me to be able to show that we are able to become one with the universe. My goal is to demonstrate that we're all part of something bigger than all of us and it's incredibly rewarding to stop and take some time to dissolve into our surroundings.


My technique is a dance between watercolor and oil techniques. I begin with a watercolor done en plein-air. I subsequently translate the drawing to canvas in the same expressive manner adopted for the initial watercolor. Employing an impasto technique of oils mixed with cold wax, I'm able to better catch the expressive nature of the original sketch. The last and most rewarding part of the process is the melting of wax. It comes as a 4th or 5th layer of the painting. It requires patience, has an element of surprise, yet can be controlled, and it connects various sections of the canvas. Because it's a textured layer on top of other layers, it breaks down lines between subjects, and literally melts one state into another. It also creates mini compositions within a painting, so that your eye always wanders around the canvas and catches new nuances hidden within the layers.