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    This is an original mixed-media artwork.
The Calculus of Loss Cradled wood. Acrylic, paper, encaustic, India Ink. 48" x 24" x 2"

Each of my works is meant to explore the theme of transformation. I wholeheartedly believe that each & every person possesses the power to live an extraordinary life. It took many years to realize that for me, this is a life which results in a sense of accomplishment, excitement, satisfaction, and peace. I must be creative in order to accomplish this. Over the past eight years, my life has been completely transformed. I continue to learn & grow on a daily basis and my art helps me to define and express this process.

Below are two pieces in an emerging series entitled The Calculus of Loss, which was conceived in an effort to explore the many different types of loss that one experiences as a human being, and the responses, some appropriate and some not,  to those losses. Thus far, and have been completed are shown in this project. 
Each piece began with a different poem that I wrote in response to a loss in my life.  Specifically, addresses the loss of a specific person in my life and the fact that it has been far too long since I have seen this person.  
is a commentary on several (okay, many) failed romantic relationships in my lifeAnd for the record, yes, I'm counting.  

These pieces are truly one-of-a-kind. The substrate was handcrafted using found wood to result in a unique and robust finished product. They are wired, padded, and ready to hang. These paintings were created layer by layer using many different mediums including several types of paper, acrylic paint, India ink, and encaustic wax. The entire process is time-consuming, and  allows time for the piece to take shape and find its place in the world. A chemist & engineer by education, I prepare each encaustic color individually using professional grade USP refined white beewax, Damar resin, and pigment. When complete, the entire painting was glazed and finally coated with UV-resistant clear coating.

If you'd like a glimpse into my studio, pay me a visit at http://inkandalchemy.blogspot.com/.
48" x 24" x 2", cradled wood.
Too Many Moons, close-up
Too Many Moons, close-up
Who's Counting?
21" x 18" x 1.5", cradled wood.

Who's Counting? close-up 1
Who's Counting? close-up 3