I was recently given a few boxes of letters, diaries and other mementos from my childhood by my parents who are beginning the process of preparing to sell their home. I have been enjoying delving into memories long forgotten, seeing the handwriting and hearing the voice of relatives that are no longer with us through old letters, maps and other keepsakes. Thinking of my past, I have been drawn to painting birds, childhood pets that have always captivated me for their personalities and expressions and the many cultures that associate them as spiritual messengers from the dead. The encaustic medium allows for layers and also seals and veils the images, much like the hazy remembrances of times and people from my history. I enjoy incorporating little snippets of old letters, old maps of places where I have spent time and antique books and magazine pages- giving new life to these ‘old” things, serving as a bridge and connecting the past to the present. These little paintings feel like the letters from a long time ago, hazy in their faded imagery and slightly bittersweet.