Artist StatementI started working with encaustic medium, pigments suspended in bees wax, about a year ago. I loved how the material cooled quickly allowing me to build up colors. With encaustic, the layers are translucent and the texture develops as the material is applied over and over areas of the board. As I explored this medium, I began to visualize emotions I've felt over my lifetime and put them into the work. I thought about how we divide ourselves by the way we speak, the way we dress, or the neighborhoods in which we live. Those ideas became the work I was creating. I wanted to visually create the feelings I experienced when I thought of those separations.