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Born and raised in Washington D.C. and Maryland and greatly influenced by my arts-loving parents, I have always found it essential to include creativity in my life, whether it be painting, music, writing, or even cooking. I left home after high school and worked at a wide range of different jobs including roofing sales, nightclub and restaurant manager and florist. When I moved to Southern Colorado in 1988, I began to paint seriously.
  Of all the things I've dabbled in over the years, drawing has been the constant and batik my passion. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this beautiful, intriguing medium in 1990 when I was designing and selling hand-painted apparel in my shop in Cuchara, Colorado, in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. I began experimenting on clothing and table linens and was enthralled by the process and its results. A couple of years later, I saw some very realistic batik paintings in a gallery which moved me to take my work beyond simple decorative motifs. It was good to be able to fully utilize my drawing and painting experience and combine it with batik.
In my little studio nestled in among the pinion trees, I experimented intensively with wax and dyes. Living in rural Colorado, I did not have easy access to any batik classes, butI've always believed I learn best by trial and error (lots of error) so that every lesson is truly learned. I've never had any preconceptions about what can or cannot be done with the batik medium. I enjoy the challenge of bringing all of the facets of batik together, the drawing and planning, the waxing, the dyeing and the over-dyeing. Each is an art in itself. I love the element of surprise as the image begins to reveal itself with each successive dyeing. As I continue experimenting with wax and dyes, I find batik a lesson in patience, acceptance and the importance of process.
The natural beauty and the mountains around my home were great inspirations and played a major role in my earlier work. Travels gave me new subjects to explore and my batiks have become a visual diary of my surroundings. This is becoming especially true since adopting my husband Jonathan Evans' nomadic lifestyle. He is also a batik artist and after months of long-distance e-mailing between the U.S. and India, initially about batik, we met and soon married. We now divide our time between homes in Colorado and Northern India. One is at the base of the Rockies and one a traditional Kumaoni house in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here, there, or points in between, we enjoy our itinerant lifestyle, though sometimes we wish we could unpack our bags a little more often.  
In India when we're not walking and collecting ideas for our paintings, we are happily working in our outdoor studio. With no telephone and few worries, our only interruptions are an occasional visitor or a band of monkeys raiding the fruit trees. I find India both thrilling and intriguing; it is a real feast for the senses and I am charmed by the people I meet. I miss our neighbors when we are gone, especially the children who come to our impromptu art classes. When we're in the U.S. we are often doing road trips around the country in our van, "the batik bus", exhibiting at art festivals, delivering work to galleries, teaching workshops and visiting family and friends.
Apart from doing our own batik paintings, Jonathan and I have joined forces under the name Studio E~Mc2 to create a line of original batik art pieces for interior decoration, including wall-hangings, cushions, screens and lamps and colorful silk scarves.

Update 2008 ~
Life the last few years has been a whirlwind of exciting work and travel. It has not been without its low points though, like the sudden death of my mother and my father's near fatal accident which all occurred while we were in India. Travelers themselves, I know they both were happy that I was out experiencing the world instead of standing vigil by their bedsides, but that doesn't keep me from feeling that I should have been there.
The last year has taken us to England for the winter where we rented a wonderful studio space, to Cologne, Germany and a show at Gallerie Smend, to Southern Spain for some beach reading and mountain walking, and back to Colorado for the summer art shows. Next year promises almost as much bag schlepping and we'll eventually get back to our beloved India. The world is getting smaller.
Always looking for new challenges, I began exploring batik pointillism in 2006. I always admired the painted works of the neo-impressionists Seurat, Signac, and Cross. Divisionism is a general term to describe the separation of color, pointillism is the specific use of dots. The process involves "optical color mixing" rather than the physical mixing the colors before applying them to the canvas. The paintings consist of thousands, if not millions of tiny dots (Seurat's "Sunday in the Park" has 3,456,000 of them!) all mixed to a fuller range of tones in the eye of the beholder. I've adapted some of the scientific color theory used by these oil painters to my batik paintings and have been excited by the results and the luminous effects it creates. Instead of doing dots of oil paint I do dots of wax on dyed cloth, which like the oil paint will not bleed or run. It is a very slow and painstaking process and takes much more time than the other batiks I do. One thing I'll bet is that the painters a century ago never got asked "is this done digitally?"! Tiny dots of primary colors render the color on our computer and tv screens, and in any 4-color printing process, these can all be considered forms of pointillism. Or maybe in the 21st century "pixellism" might make more sense to people!
Jonathan and I have been teaching adult and children's classes and giving lectures together everywhere we go and everyone seems to learn a lot and have a great time, including us of course! We are available to teach batik and give lectures about our batik and our travels. If you or your organization would be interested in having us, please email for more information.
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