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  1. The senses that are awakened in the textures and smells of painting with fire (pyrography) has significantly allowed me to “find my way” in art. As an artist and creator of things I find myself drawn to all things natural. My art has included scrimshaw, watercolor, pencil, pen & ink, and woodworking on many levels from carving to making furniture & antique restoration, just to name a few. I love detail; thus, my works passion is in photo realism. I have spent the past 10 years developing the skills in the techniques of this pyrographic media to finally reach my current level. I believe I have still much more to learn about this media, and I share my journey of discovery with you in my work.
    It is time consuming, but the amazing rewards it offers are unmatchable, as I layer up my burn, working with a very low heat and a slow process, then lightly enhance with inks and water colors.
    I am a self-learned multi-media artist—first inspired by my mother at the age of 6, when she showed me a small painting she had created by chewing the tip of a wooden toothpick, making a brush. That ingenuity lead me into a constant process of learning and experimenting, motivated by the challenges to finding solutions to problems. The real challenge for me is getting it as perfect as nature did, an impossible feat, but a fun journey.
    My growth as an artist and a human have a simultaneous connection that is all encompassing to the world around me in its ever-evolving process.