About the Artist
3-d manipulation is a constant in both my canvas and ceramic work. After studying ceramics, wood, fiber, metal and painting, I feel at home creating abstract forms based on my experiences and the actual tactile feel of the medium. Often my 3-d finished pieces unintentionally reflect the feel of my 2-d work, illustrating the close connection of my soul to each piece.
Manipulating different mediums constantly intrigues me, both on canvas and with clay bodies.Abstract forms I create stem from my memory of life, personalities and colors around me. The resulting shapes have very human and natural forms as I work through experimentation. Fire, water and air are key to my process. I am always drawing inspiration from the creation story explained in Genesis 1-2.In my paintings, different amounts of water are used to create different fluid movements much like dancers on the canvas. Air then is moved over the surface to see what my breath or stiff forced air can create. In similar ways, when forming my clay vessels, water is added or dried from the clay to achieve specific results. I let the medium tell me what personality it has as I create a piece. Two firings at high temps complete this fluid process.I see each piece as an independent thought, however, there are so many connections between my ceramics and paintings when placed together. They are frequently drawn to converse with each other.