"Deer and Buffalo Roaming"
24" x 24" encaustic on panel
Taken from my artist statement: As man’s impact on the landscape changes the world around us, there is still comfort in the ageless consistencies captured through primitive art. The exploration of cave paintings and Native symbols has influenced my recent work. Organic pigments created from soil and minerals used in the earliest art forms outline our history and the evolution of man. By presenting an interpretation of these “primitive scratchings” I bring the viewer closer to the indomitable human spirit.
Seeing the Lascaux Cave Paintings at the Field Museum led me to this newest work. I was inspired by the simplicity of ideas, execution, and textures. Using encaustic medium I built up texture, re-creating the limestone and cave wall environment. I combined the smooth texture of chiseled, painted figures (animals being the most common) with the rough cave-like limestone background.
Underneath the top layers of textured wax, there is evidence of earth-toned pigments peeking through. It was important to me to have both a smooth and bumpy surface; transparent qualities of the wax medium allows for effects that can not be captured with any other medium.
Detailed view of foreground, a better view of the smooth and rough surface.