Julie Komenda has been practicing the art of batik for more than 30 years. As a student in Miami, Florida, she learned the wax-resist form of imaging on fabric. With many exciting innovations in dyes, inks, and resists to choose from, it was a challenge to decide which medium would best suit her needs. A variety of acrylic inks, iridescent mediums, gouaches, and handmade paper compose the artist's current choice of products in creating her images. As an added ecological component, Komenda uses recycled handmade papers. Her subjects include sports, still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and the fabulous mermaids of Weeki Wachee. Natural and environmental themes are included in much of her work, such as endangered species, weather, and fire.