I have been an artist for most of my life, choosing different mediums like outfits, whatever fit me at the time. Most of my past work is figurative and represents what I was at that moment. Years ago I saw a piece that became etched into my mind. That was the moment encaustic chose me. I chose to ignore the summons, instead pursuing safer, more mainstream choices for art and career. It has taken years to have the courage to stand up to my inner critics enough to allow myself to be “just an artist.” The inner critics have kept me safe but stifled, and just as the wax transforms with mindful guidance, I am transforming. Encaustic taps my inner core and, for the first time, I am creating abstract images that represent not just where I am, but where I want to be. My portfolio, in its current state, reflects my struggle to surrender to the medium and uncover everything I have locked away inside—below the surface.