When my dad retired from farming he took up gardening, and right about the same time, so did I. In time I became a certified Master Gardener and through gardening met some of my best friends. I also met the bee-keepers of south-east Texas and from them I learned about the bee and wax industry. My use of the encaustic process started with the making of hearts for Valentine's Day more than a decade ago.
When I go into the studio after pouring the finished product, I have to think that I'm the luckiest person alive. To be able to use my camera, to use my garden, and to paint is what means the most to me.
My greatest joy is seeing the reaction in others when someone sees my paintings for the first time. Once I've completed a painting, I love knowing that I have created something beautiful when the world is filled with so much sadness. Someone else can paint the ugly.