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Thank you for checking out my Art-A-Whirl page! I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoy creating them.

I mainly work in encaustic and mixed media. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. This ancient process is known for luminous color and the ability to achieve depth and stunning translucency. I paint with the pigmented wax on a wood panel substrate and fuse on multiple layers of wax with a propane torch. The word encaustic is derived from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning a burning in. This labor-intensive process is, for me, the joy of creating each unique work of art.

Recently, I have been working on a series of encaustic paintings inspired by Cairns and Standing Stones. These encounters with ancient rock formations, standing stones, and man-made monuments during my travels to Scotland, England, Ireland, and the North shore of Lake Superior have sparked my imagination. Powerful yet delicately balanced the stone structures are artistic and elaborate feats of engineering and remind me of the mysteries of humanity and reinforce the connections we share across time.

All of my paintings are available for curbside pick up at the Northrup King Building or via delivery. Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing anything you see on this website or to discuss a commission.

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1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Studio 166
Minneapolis, MN
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Around Kilmartin Glen

This piece was inspired by travels to Scotland. Kilmartin Glen is an area in Argyll and offers the most important concentration of Neolithic and Bronze Age standing stones and cairn remains in mainland Scotland. The delicately balanced stone structures are artistic and elaborate feats of engineering.

Encaustic on board.

Size: 18”w x 24”h x 1/2”d

$300.00

 

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Callanish Stones

The Callanish Stones located on the west coast of Lewis, the most northerly island in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland are an arrangement of standing stones placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. They were erected in the late Neolithic era and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. This painting is one of a series inspired by my travels to Scotland.

Size: 24″w x 18″h x 1 1/2″d

$300.00

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Clava Cairns #1

Encaustic on board.

Size: 10″ x 10″ x 1/2″deep

$200.00

This is a series of three paintings that were inspired by my travels to Scotland. East of Inverness is a cairn site known as the “Prehistoric burial Cairns of Balnuaran of Clava” or the “Clava Cairns“. Three burial cairns exist here making up a line of seven sites which are placed along the low lying land of the River Nairn to the South.

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Clava Cairns #2

Encaustic on board.

Size: 10″ x 10″ x 1/2″ deep

$200.00

Inspired by my travels to Scotland and a visit to the prehistoric burial Cairns of Balnuaran of Clava or the “Clava Cairns“ this painting is one of three in a series.

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Clava Cairns #3

Encaustic on board

Size: 10″ x 10″ x 1/2″ deep

$200.00

Inspired by my travels to Scotland and a visit to the prehistoric burial Cairns of Balnuaran of Clava or the “Clava Cairns“ this painting is one of three in a series.

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Culloden Field

Encaustic on board.

This painting includes a float frame 1/2” wide in natural oak

Overall size: 22” wide  x 18” high x 1/2” deep

This painting is inspired by the fields near Culloden, a village east of Inverness, Scotland. East of the village is Culloden Moor, site of the Battle of Culloden.

$450.00

 

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Gunflint

Encaustic on board

Series of three

Each painting size: 16″h x 8″w x 2″d

$500 series of three

Sold individually $200 ea

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Kilmartin Valley

Encaustic mixed media on board

Inspired by travels to Scotland and Kilmartin Glen where at least 350 ancient monuments, cairns, standing stones, and rock carvings, of which 150 are prehistoric, lie within six miles of the quiet village of Kilmartin.

24 x 18 x 1 inches

$450.00

 

This item is available for curbside pickup or shipping.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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