I have always been inspired to create work that deals with extracting the essence of some aspect of nature. My current body of work titled “anchorage” is part of an ongoing series examining origins and connections. Much of my imagery is derived from aspects of trees, roots, veins, cells, knots, and twisting rope to address the ideas of being anchored, tied or firmly fastened to suggest strength, lifeline, vitality, continuum, nourishment and ancestral links. I use my most recent perspective as a mother to translate the dualities of nurturing, as one would cultivate bonsai. I am always reminded to build my own rugged wind-swept exterior and weather the occasional scarring that takes place. My process of incorporating rope, thread, string, fabric, ink and graphite with encaustic paint combines my drawing sensibilities with visual depth utilizing the inherent sculptural qualities of wax.