ENCAUSTICS BY CATHY VALENTINE and COLLAGES BY JOSHUA STRINGER “My work is abstract in nature, with a sense of randomness. I consider my paintings to be a type of emotional landscape, my own internal language. I feel as though my pieces provoke memories and experiences of my past, and move into my present life. The process I use currently is a build up of layers of encaustic and drawing directly onto the wax, exploring transparencies. Encaustic is suited for such explorations. The use of this material seems to combine many disciplines, collage, printmaking imagery and sculptural qualities are seen in the final result.” Cathy Valentine. Joshua Stringer is a mixed media artist living in Salem, Oregon. He received his BFA in painting and printmaking from Southern Oregon University in 2005. Since then his work has evolved to become centered on collage techniques with a minimalist aesthetic. This reflects his interest in contemplative spirituality and the aesthetics of wabi-sabi. His thoughtfully spare, yet beautiful work incorporates found images and materials, dried plants, watercolor paint, cut paper, thread, and pencil drawing.