Inspiration is wide concept; it takes work and time to find the first idea that will launch the rest. An old drawing or a previous project that I had initiated years ago can come back to life and give me a first start. It can also be a book that I have read or that I would like to illustrate in a painting or a piece of music that I like which I want to see in colors.Read More
The freedom of having the painting dictate itself and evolve is what makes it exciting for me! It always keeps it fresh and new and never finds itself repeating. I have a lot of energy and emotion that comes through me into the canvas. What comes out of me and onto the canvas is what it's supposed to be. I don't try and change that; it's me in paint form and I run with it! [It's a] very organic and intuitive [process].Read More
"I feel so fortunate to live the life I have. I do not own hotels, golf courses or airplanes, but I own so many great memories. I do have quite [a] wide perspective on life. I am ashamed of our kind so often. At the same time, I know that I am not strong enough to act at the level I know I should. I am one level below and I keep pointing [to] my findings; ignorance to other human being needs, arrogant application of our "better" findings, inability to resign from from selfish needs. Aristotle said, '... the biggest strength and power we, humans, possess is not to use one.'"Read More
"I believe the detours and the off-ramps are a crucial part of how any artist develops their world view. When I moved to Canada, my design discipline shifted its focus from the production of information design toward community design and urban planning. Having taken the long route, I now spend a great deal of effort reassessing the social purpose of design, particularly in regard to creating healthy spaces to live, work and play. It's not as straightforward as designing a solution to a problem. For me, it's more about raising questions and generating discussion about the kinds of spaces we want to live in.Read More
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.
I still lean heavily on figurative work due to my struggle with identity, not just in terms of art, but what it means to be human and Mexican-American living in a border town. I am interested in character, persona, and the aesthetic design that correlates with those characteristics. I typically select elements of design that will connect to heritage and social concerns.Read More