Chrysoprase Wave


12″ x 12″

This painting is named after a chrysoprase stone which is a translucent light green-aqua-turquoise color similar to this sunlit wave. The winter king tides have been stirring up lots of thick froth to watch, photograph and then try to paint.

Spotlight on Golden Pond


20″ x 16″

Encaustic collage was used for this pond scene to give hard lines for the sticks and grasses in the painting.  The embedded paper, dried sea grass and dried flowers gave some real dimension to the feeling of looking down through the water.

Cathedral Glow


12″ x 12″   sold

Sunsets are amazing in Bandon, Oregon, with the light and ocean waves flowing around the distinctive rock formations. The clouds shape the painting’s composition and colors. Encaustic is a great medium for capturing the glow of light in the atmosphere and water.

Watery Blues


12″ x 12″

This is another in my series of 12″x12″ jetty watery encaustic paintings. These paintings are done from reference photos taken in nearly the same place on the Coquille River jetty. It is amazing how individual each painting is with the ever changing water movement, light and atmosphere as well the fluid encaustic painting process. In “Watery Blues,” I tried out my new R&F phthalo green pigment which gave a lovely intensity under the lighter aqua areas. It also mixed well with purple to make some lavender blues.

Watery Pastel


20″ x 16″

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.

Watery Froth Patterns


12″ x 12″   sold

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


6″ x 6″   sold

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.