I am fascinated by the act of creation. Sometimes that creation is a child drawing a line on paper; sometimes it is the changing skyline that surrounds us everyday. My work subtly exposes the human connection to the natural world by capturing a single moment in time- a connection that is easy to misplace. Every moment we experience is a collection of our histories reflected back at us-all of our choices and everything that helped inform those choices. The encaustic medium allows me to layer the work and develop a history within the piece. Each layer helps create the next by guiding the bristles of the brush around elevations and into the deficits. Color from previous layers bleed into the next giving direction to the final surface. For the past 10 years I’ve been working as an artist and dabbling in too many mediums to have focus. Then my husband and I decided to have children. I always envisioned myself as a stay–at–home mom type, giving up my artist dreams, and loving every minute of my children. Although, life with 2 children is lovely, I am shockingly more ambitious than I ever thought I’d be. I paint for the process. To stay grounded in life. To keep a clear head when organizing my family’s daily routines. And to accept all qualities of myself, whether good or bad. Encaustic medium allows me to work in many layers while I process my experiences in life. I hang photos all around me in my studio for reference, though I like to draw from my memories to create a landscape perspective. This method helps me exaggerate what might actually be there, like a story will do and tap into the feelings the scene leaves me with. Through my transition to becoming a mother I have found a deep devotion to raising my children while staying at home, and I’m also an artist because I can’t stop painting.