Having spent my career as an artist and art educator, my personal experiences with all disciplines of art is very broad. Teaching art was an absolute joy and filled me in almost every way. But what it could not do was fulfill me personally as an artist. Now each turn in the road is a new path to be traveled.
Throughout my life I have traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Egypt, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Each very different in geology, culture, and topography; each holding a wealth of inspiration.
Almost to a fault, I notice everything. The nuances of light and shadow, the intriguing spaces between the positive and negative, and the push and pull of creation are all part of it. So the imagery I create is inspired by the infinite, mysterious, and alluring shapes in nature. The organic shapes and forms found in volcanic rock, forms from the sea, salt, and ice formations are of particular interest. All of these complex shapes are transformed into soothing images that are carved into and adorn the surfaces of my work, each different in form and surface treatment, each with a story of its own. The takeaway is what I design.
The process I use is ancient. Once crafted these one of a kind hand-built pieces are burnished causing the surface to become reflective, extremely smooth, intoxicating, and sensual to the touch.
The true depth of the clay body is enhanced with reduction firing. It’s beauty is unsurpassed.