In the Studio
“Be authentic, trust what emerges, let go of it needing to be a certain way…”
Sculpting ~ The Lost Wax Process ~ Bronze
Sculpting & the Lost Wax Process – I love working in the tactile medium of oil-based clay. I use oil-based clay because it does not dry out which is important given how long it takes to finish the clay version of my sculpture. The sculpture has to be “right” from every angle, which takes time to achieve. Once the clay version is complete, I work with the foundry who creates a mold from which a wax version is created. The “lost wax process” takes the wax version and uses it to create a mold to withstand the molten bronze. Fabrication, patination, sealing and mounting lead to the finished bronze sculpture. Bronze sculptures are an investment to create as well as own.
Even after 30+ years painting in water media, I am always learning and love to experiment with various water-based and mixed media. I started in transparent watercolor, expanded to acrylics, and now enjoy mixed media including my unique “Acrylic Layers” process and collage. This constantly evolving variety of “tools” in my artistic “toolbox” allows me freedom to use the best “tool” to convey my intent vs. being constrained by a single medium.
“Watercolor” is a beautiful medium, traditionally admired for transparency and exciting in its fluidity and spontaneity of wet-in-wet effects… I will say that I do not produce “wimpy” watercolors and use them boldly and often opaquely, capitalizing on random textures and lifting of pigment.
Drawing is where it all began! Doodling on note pages in school, pages and pages of parts and pieces of animals and other subjects. I enjoy drawing in all sorts of media ranging from fountain pen to graphite, to charcoal, to colored pencil! Whether sketching, creating a framework or accents for a painting, or developing a finished piece in ink, graphite, or charcoal, drawing is a foundational skill. I employ my drawing skills in each these applications.