Working with wax is all about surface treatment. Make it smooth, make it rough? Build it up, carve it down? The “California Dreaming” series was created plein air during a three-month road trip traveling mostly along Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco this last winter. The pieces focus on the sculptural aspects of working with wax. Carving shapes into forty layers or more to reveal colors I’d forgotten were even there was an exhilarating process of surprise and discovery.