How My Art is Like Racquetball

I don’t consider myself an athlete. I have a bunch of weight to lose and need to get back into an exercise routine.

I thoroughly enjoy “slow” sports such as walking and hiking. BUT...
I prefer FAST racquetball—It’s FAST, speedy and keeps my interest.
Hey, I just need to hit the front wall…somewhere.

I adore bike riding.
I want to go FAST. Give me a downslope and I’m gone.
Wind flowing through my hair, imaginary red cape tied around my neck and flapping in the wind behind me.

Segue into the food world. When I am at a restaurant, I make my decision FAST. I go with my first instincts.

Cross-over in to the art world. When I am at a museum, I go through it FAST. I am quite embarrassed to say that I do that, my admission is probably every museum director’s horror. But I will stop and thoroughly relish artwork that pulls me in.

I must admit however, that one of my favorite things to do in the world, is to go WALKING at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. When beginning the walk, I enter the fast open field with a golden locust in the distance, with a huge breath of relaxation and openness to accepting new ideas and forming creative thoughts — ready to face the world with FAST.

Encaustic printmaking is FAST and FLUID. My work has transformed from the watercolor and acrylic landscapes that I began painting while I was a stay-at-home mom. Even though I loved doing those paintings, they were calculated and very time consuming (and yes, I do have FAST paintings as well!)

Now I am FREE to run the slope with speed. Letting my instinct come forth and win. And I can slow down, step back, access and then finish FAST.

Love, love, love.


I adore the free flowing element of wax melting as it is stroked on the warm palette.

“You are a torch, a cannon, a force, a miracle, an untapped powerhouse of capabilities.”


R&F Encaustic Paints perform beautifully with Encaustic Printmaking. Fitting beautifully in the hand, they are creamy, consistent and high quality with a wide range of color.