If you're in the Murfreesboro area...

i will be teaching an encaustic painting workshop at Moxie Art Supply & Studio School on January 29th from 10am-2pm. Most supplies will be provided, and the workshop will cost $25. i would love to see some of my old friends there, and maybe some of you that i have not met in person yet!

($25) Saturday January 29th, 10:00am-2:00pm

Encaustic painting uses various types of wax, paint and ephemera to create multi-layered works. This class is for anyone interested in learning the various techniques of encaustic painting. You will be given most of the materials you will need and can take away as many pieces as you can finish! Topics covered will include:

Image transfer
Mixed Media
Heating techniques
Alternative (cheaper) Materials

Art students, enthusiasts and community members of any age are welcome! Come learn an exciting and different technique and build your portfolio and experience!

Materials Required

· At least one large Natural fiber brush, not synthetic! These will not withstand the heat!

· Any collage materials; black and white photos, clip art, scrapbook paper, newspaper, etc.

· Any kind of stylus (wooden spoons work fine! Any kind of blunt handheld wooden tool!)

· Fine Grit Sandpaper (recommended)

· Sponge

· Any kind of incising tool (toothpicks, clay tools, pizza cutters, etc. ) be creative! Everything works differently!

Encaustic painting gives the artist the opportunity to work on many different visual levels while maintaining a 2-dimensional work. It is highly versatile and can incorporate endless materials. Please join us to see your imagination will interpret all of the various possibilities!


316 N. Maple Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 615.849.1131


Home Insecurity

finally finished this piece! it's been in the working for about...4 months? hard to make art when school is in, too much other art to be made for grades. but here it is: Home

This piece started with a tiny little grandfather clock from a thrift shop. it was the first piece to make its home here. i knew that i wanted to use two other items for this; a small Harbor Breeze bauble, i think it's from a fan, and the rusted key hole from the rusted door i used in my Phrenology piece.

the next things to come in were a broken fork and a weird shaped cork. i wrapped some extra fluffy yarn around the fork like spaghetti, and i kind of liked it, but i wasn't sure where i was going with that. i decided to place it behind a tiny piece of glass that i got from a friend who used to work at Lowe's and would give me glass shards etc. i placed a fortune cookie behind the glass with the form that says "you are talented in many ways". i do love using fortune cookies.

the next box i worked on included the puppy and button. this section was supposed to include a few more comforting items, but still ones that were broken or tethered.
next i filled the bottom center box with broken mirrors, tacks, a key, some wire, and a card stock "h".

the last section i completed is my favorite: the center. i found a mutilated doll at Goodwill and used its torso. this section had been half finished forever and i was very surprised when that doll bit was exactly what i needed. last i added a wonderful cog that i salvaged from an old clock. i love this section because it has a very mechanical feel to it with the rusted key hole, gear, and the ball chain of the bauble.

this piece was made to portray the stress and tension in a broken home, which is a subject that interests me. i used all household items (basically anything, not like fairy tales or space). it was difficult to make this piece unified because of all the different colors of my items, but i feel that it was successful in the end.



time to share a project from my Secondary Education project. for this, we had to use paint and sand on burlap to show a theme from nature. i used the theme of the life cycle. i wanted to paint a new tree growing from a rotten log, but i couldn't get the log right. :/
so i made an ambiguous tree, which could be just newly growing or dying. i also used the colors in the back to be ambiguous, either dawn or dusk.
the back ground is metallic paint mixed with sand and glitter. the tree and background silhouettes are sewn on with yarn and thread. then i added the quote, "to the artist, nothing is ever ugly in nature".
finally i added some leaf beads. i am happy with the result and i'm glad to have a school project that reflects my style.


Hollow Books

For me, the biggest compliment i could receive is someone saying that i have inspired them. so when a long time family friend of my fiance's, who is a very great and successful artist, messaged me and said that she was inspired by my work to finish a project that was years in the making, i was so excited! so i thought i would take a moment to share the work of Lindsey Heath.

She created 2 assemblages in hollow books using 2D and 3D elements. i love her use of thread and buttons in these pieces. i also love the she incorporated some of her own drawn artwork into the piece. she is very successful in minimalistic compositions, which is a weak area for me. i always seem to think my work is too bare or too plain, but she has a nice balance of positive and negative space here. gorgeous work!

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