I have always loved books, art journals and miniatures. After majoring in Graphic Arts at the University of Akron, in Ohio, I became a freelance artist working in various mediums. As I’ve studied and created art throughout my life, it has carried me in many different directions and finally led me to creating one-of-a-kind journals, and most recently, collage with encaustic. Encaustic is an exciting medium utilizing hot beeswax and resin to create a beautiful, protective covering which I use to finish my collage pieces. My favorite themes are Birds and Bees. I use vintage, found, and fabricated items into my designs. Being inspired by nature allows the use of natural elements, of which the possibilities are endless.