I am an artist by accident. I have a degree in mathematics from the University of Idaho. Back in the early ‘90s, I left a successful career in the computer industry to, I hoped, become a rich and renowned author of historical novels. Over the course of the next 12 years, I struggled mightily to bring my dream into reality and gave birth to four such books, two of which actually got published. Though that dreamed-of fame and wealth never materialized, writing turned out to be the stepping-stone to something even better: my current life as a fiber sculptor.Read More
Metal is stable, yet malleable. You can beat it, heat it, grind it, weld it, and even very thin parts have structural integrity. I really enjoy the process of mold-making, changing a positive form to a negative and back to a positive. Ultimately though, it all rests on how it can be used communicate my ideas.
C.W. Ammen, author of The Metalcaster's Bible, infers that a person can work a lifetime and never know everything about the process, and he was correct. Foundry work is continual problem-solving with complete physical involvement. The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know, and that pushes me to the next inquiry.
I draw inspiration from the natural world, myth, symbol and story, from the collaborative process, and being open to possibility and chance. The energy and give and take of the collaborative process is always part of my work with children and other community-based art projects. I was part of a bi-lingual storytelling group that used music, puppets and masks to share stories with children and families in libraries throughout northwest Oregon. Along with five other artists, I am part of a critique group which meets monthly to share current projects and offer feedback to each other.
My art has an immediate connection with people just through my subjects. I try to make them much more than portraits of dogs by actually telling their story. The pain, joy, hurt and relief is always evident in their eyes and I love to mix up my technique - sometimes using bright under-washes of color, sometimes leaving them just grisailles, thick paint, thin paint - whatever draws you in and makes you look closer at the story behind the image.Read More
My parents and those around me thought I was partially deaf as a small child because I spoke very little and, when I did speak, it was unclear. As a result, I started speech therapy and some of my earliest memories are of combing through magazines with my mother to make collage pages of particular subjects, such as a color or an animal, and so forth.Read More