Watery Pastel


This view is from the cliffs at Coquille Point in Bandon, Oregon, looking down at the beach rocks as the tide comes in to submerge them. The elevated view flattens the waves somewhat and paints the ocean in pastel colors reflected from the layers of mist and clouds.




For this painting, I used a reference photo of a rusty plaque found on the beach that was lit up in the setting sun. I liked the glowing yellow/orange beneath the textured rust and corrosive blues. The painting took on an underwater seascape look as it developed.

Watery Froth Patterns


The deep aqua-green rise of the ocean contrasts with the froth patterns and splashes as the wave hits the jetty rocks.   I love how the titanium white, when heated, flows around and bubbles on the translucent encaustic colors to mimic wave action and froth.

Agitated Sea


This smaller, 6″x6″ painting is done with encaustic and oil pastels on watercolor paper. It started as a way to use up excess materials as I painted larger pieces, but it shortly took on a life of its own. It amazes me how many interesting painting effects can happen in such a small space with encaustics.

Wizard’s Hat


Sea and light splashed around the Wizard’s Hat repeating the stone’s triangular shape on the beach.  The Wizard’s Hat is a frequently photographed rock formation in Bandon, Oregon, and the ever changing coastal light and tides make each image unique.  Encaustic was a great medium to capture the seemingly liquid light as well as the dark textures of the rocks and beach.

Watery Stream


This painting of the “Watery Series” looks down into Crooked Creek as it flows over the beach at Devil’s Kitchen in Bandon, Oregon. It focuses on the stream’s watery layers with highlights of reflections of the sky.

Key Bundles


“Key Bundles” is a mixed media assemblage that uses encaustic in the upper square box with tea bags imbedded in the encaustic.  I did a series of tea bag assemblages for the Art by the Sea Collage show, October, 2017.  Below are the others, “Blue Tea Strings” and “Bird Box.”  Neither uses encaustic, but explores tea bag assemblages in other ways.


Storm Waves


This small encaustic painting is done loosely to portray a turbulent sea catching the sunset colors.  Unlike my other encaustics done on encausticbord, this one is on  watercolor paper.