My goal is expressing joy, inner peace, and a bit of fun in my work. If it makes a connection to you, I have succeeded. Life is a gift and I intend to play to the fullest for as long as I can.
The signature of my work is the use of various media in unexpected ways. Some pieces, less is more. Others are more and more. Patterns are definitely integral to all my work. I see them everywhere and combining them in new ways is pure joy.
I only create original, One of a Kind pieces. Production work is not for me. My need to push the limits and continually find new and better ways to create and combine something new is who I am. My craftsmanship is of utmost importance to me. Others call it perfectionism. I call it doing it right. Semantics.
After graduating from college, I worked in the advertising design business for 15 years. I began working in handmade paper over 20 years ago. The medium called my name...loudly! One class and I was hooked. I studied with Kathy Amt, and took every class I could find. Then I began my , now famous among my friends, " let's test to see how far I can push this medium" work. Weights of paper, colorants, inclusions, layering, sculpting, so much to experiment with! My only problem was, it takes days and days to produce handmade paper. I needed more immediate satisfaction. A friend introduced me to polymer clay and off I went with that. I have been experimenting with this medium for about 15 years, and only feel like I have touched the surface of what can be done. Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is also on my table now, although my husband is the primary artist with this great new medium. Then there is beading. More possibilities.
My head is always asking " what if". I am incapable of staying within the lines.
I am a long time member of the International Polymer Clay Association and attended, and assisted in, several national conferences. I have had the honor to study with Gwen Gibson, Celie Fago, Elise Winters, and several other nationally recognized polymer artists. Elise Winters has worked very hard for years to have this medium recognized, and her work is now shown in national museums, as are others. Thank you Elise.
Within the last year or two, I have started playing in ceramics. I love the wheel and I'm always " pushing the laws of physics" to achieve a shape I want. These works will be posted soon.
A part of my local art community since the beginning, I have done numerous shows, installations, and gallery events. I was a founding member of The Artist Gallery in Columbia, still in operation for over 10 years.
I am quite honored to have my handmade paper bowl "Copper Triangles" featured on the front cover of Paper House by Mary Ann Hall, copyright 2001, Rockport Publications. Available nationally.
In 2010 I was awarded the Juror's Award First Place for a Cancer Awareness Exhibit for my Journal and accompanying Necklace.
Keep checking in and see what I am up to next.