Albert Einstein once wrote: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” The unknown, the mysterious, is where art and science meet.
I have a science background in Biology, Chemistry and Medical Technology but in my leisure time, I have always painted in oils, acrylics, and watercolor because I was also drawn to my creative side. I first saw a painting in oil and cold wax over 5 years ago. I was mesmerized and began my journey of learning all about the process and techniques. It was both scientific and creative.
Oil and cold wax painting has drawn me into it’s world of mystery. Each painting is a scientific experiment of color, composition, tone and process. I start out with a hypothesis of where I am going but I lose myself along the way and I enter into a creative zone. The process takes over and the painting emerges.
While painting, I am drawn in. I want to see what lies beneath. I need to get close—as if microscopic. I build up and then uncover. I dig down —layer by layer. I discover, I experiment, I create. Scraping, solvent pours, mark making, glazing, layering, powders, pigments, oils and wax are all part of the oil and cold wax lexicon. The techniques and the process draw on my love of science and my creativity.
Each piece took me on a journey in the creation and will hopefully take the viewer on their own journey while experiencing the painting.
My work can be seen at:
Art on the Plaza, Mason City, Iowa
Clear Lake Arts Center, Clear Lake, Iowa
WHAM Art Gallery, Surprise, AZ