“All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. ”
Creating art is how I forge order from chaos. My work, inspired by folk art, is steeped in personal metaphors and archetypes. Figures, houses, birds and bones breathe life into a lump of clay or a paint stroke, allowing me to express perceptions beyond the intellect. I am drawn to the paradoxical qualities of fluidity and strength in the material as well as in my spiritual and creative journey.
My sculptures are hand-built, using modified slabs and coils. I carve and stamp the surface for texture and apply underglazes, stains, or slips before the work is bisque-fired. Sometimes I employ an image transfer technique using an old copier with an iron oxide toner cartridge. I glaze and fire the pieces multiple times, occasionally using raku firing techniques to achieve the desired effect.
My two-dimensional works are created extemporaneously, the way a musician might improvise. I paint to explore my inner world using a more immediate, spontaneous medium. As I surrender rational control. I enter a space without preconceived ideas. This allows me to fully inhabit the present moment and be curious about what happens next. When I am open to receive whatever colors or forms instinctively arise, I open a channel for the unconscious to communicate an innate intelligence in a unique, symbolic language.
All of my work springs from my fascination with the humor and power of a life-long journey. Whether through sculpture or painting, my goal is to connect the viewer to the narrative of life, and resonate with discovery and deep inner knowing.