"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.
"Making art has always been an alternate way of thinking for me. The process of taking a concept and trying to communicate it visually is both abstract and complex. It makes me think about and examine my ideas with much more scrutiny and consideration. This process has drastically impacted the way in which I navigate the world and the circumstances with which I am confronted. I found art-making has taught me patience, something with which I still struggle, as well as humility. Overall, being an artist has made me a more mindful and well-rounded human."Read More