The major influences in my
career have not been a particular school or series of
teachers.Instead, it has been curiosity, history, books,
museums, and the world around me. I am strictly self-taught
and have been greatly influenced by the journey from
photographic art to murals in metal, stone and ceramic,
kiln formed glass walls, mosaic,sculpture in glass and
steel and marble, and installation pieces in mixed media.
possible, Ive researched materials and history
for the appropriate site specific pieces, melding todays
technologies and resources with hints of the past. I
use factories and fabricators as my tools, often refining
the processes and developing new techniques, so my vision
can become reality. My personal work follows the same
approach, inspired by the work of many cultures and
many people, creators of objects and dreams.
collaborative process of working with architects and
designers has much to do with the success of my work.
The pushing and tugging to achieve a balance, the negotiations
and resulting synergy, often leads to a solution which
neither would have achieved.
formed glass has become a prime focus because I find
it an unrivaled receptor for color. Light, color, movement
- all seem to migrate to and play across the surface
of the glass, making it a kinetic, vibrant medium. By
weaving abstract designs in glass, I am able to let
the viewer bring more of themselves into what they see.
Watching people run their hands over the textured glass
surface in amazement continues to remind me of one of
the prime roles of an artist - to touch others with
mystery and magic. When people tell me what they see
in an installation or work of mine - night sky, fossils,
movement, archaeology, technology - all different, all
varied, bringing their own perspective to my work, then
I have succeeded.
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