The marsh is a magical and mysterious place--whether it's the salt marsh with its twice-daily tide cycle or the even-more-transitional estuary, where the freshwater from rivers and creeks first mixes with saltwater from the sea. There is more life teeming in the marsh than any other environmental habitat on the earth. Migratory birds flock here during their comings and goings. You're sure to see fish and crabs, and perhaps an alligator or river otter. And if you visit during the quiet hours of the day, you might catch a glimpse of deer, marsh rabbits or bobcats. And, of course, plant life abounds.
Although my focus in recent years has been the sea, I have also been exploring the marsh and, more recently, it has become my primary focus. I am developing two very different series of images from the marsh. The first, shown here, involves layering multiple images that have been printed on Japanese mulberry paper with encaustic medium--a melted blend of beeswax and Damar resin. The layers of wax are fused together with a torch or heat gun to create both image depth and an archival finish. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
The second series is more abstract in nature. I'll share an image from that series in an upcoming post.