Wax and Wane is a series of mixed media collage including paper collage, watercolor, and encaustic media. Wax and Wane is a visual meditation on the comings and goings of our interpersonal encounters and the reflection of such personal flux and flow as reflected in nature.
After spending time tinkering around at her father’s auto repair/welding shop as a child, Noelle began to create an imaginary world out of carpenters chalk drawings and discarded car parts. This world turned the industrial environment of downtown Fresno into a delusional paradise. Noelle left Fresno at eighteen but took her imaginary world with her. She moved to San Francisco where she became completely fascinated with the murals of the Mission district and inspired by the vibrant life of the city masses. After studying the art of Central America she decided to go on a journey there and worked on two commissioned mural projects for an ecotourism organization in Costa Rica. After returning from a trip to Brazil and coming home with a lifelong souvenir (her daughter) she then returned to California to study Cultural Anthropology which continues to be the underlying theme throughout her creative endeavors. Noelle has worked for many years in the arts education realm developing a profound relationship with culture, creative expression, and child development. She works to convey the beauty and complexities of human nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work. Noelle's work further explores themes such as cross-cultural awareness, women's spirituality, and the botanical world through painting and collage practices. These subject matters are expressed through a vibrant play on color and form through painted paper cut collage and watercolor. The mixed mediums employed here includes watercolor, acrylic painting, cut paper collage, and encaustic painting. Noelle currently works as a Visual Artist and Art Instructor from her home studio at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA.