My new show, "Forging Ahead" opens Friday, November 24th at Gallery MAR in Park City, UT. I'm so excited to share with you what I've been working on for the last few months. As an artist, we are constantly seeking, questioning, probing the limits of our skills and ideas. This new show features 16 new large-scale encaustic paintings exploring my connection with nature and pushes my skills to capture the environment in wax.

This year feels uncertain. National and global politics, a string of of catastrophic natural disasters, technology is rapidly changing our lives, and the rapid fire news just compounds all our problems and keeps them at the forefront of our thoughts. It feels that we are moving into unchartered territory - some changes are forward thinking and brave, while others feel unfair and small-minded. But there is no moving backwards, we have to forge ahead into the unknown and see where it takes us.

This feeling has me look back on other times when people in our nation pushed forward and moved ahead despite the uncertainty. I admire the brave men and women who protested, fought, and rallied to make the world a better place, more equitable, safer, cleaner, healthier. I'm also reminded of those early explorers who braved the elements with blank maps to discover what was out there. They had no idea where the rivers ran, how tall the mountain passes were, or if they would return safely, but they went anyways. They were for the adventure, they went because they had to, they went to discover, tell stories, learn, and grow. And that's what this show is about, the feeling of walking into the unknown, but being brave to forge ahead.

Big thanks to JP Gendron for these great photos. And if you are in Park City on Friday, November 24th, please join me for the opening celebration from 6-9 pm at Gallery MAR on Main Street.