My work expresses an inward journey and an awe for beauty in our living world. Beauty, which arises from meditative depths as exemplified in the 'wings' collection (embrace ) and exhiliarative heights (uplift ).  I find astounding, the multiplicity of evolving biological forms in Nature. Also, the terrible beauty felt in tragic patterns of human behavior (perpetrator victim 1, 2, 3, 4 ). Ideas emerge in the mind's eye and grow in sketches an inevitably take on their own life in the sculpture.

I have always found birds fascinating. The obvious metaphor of flight and freedom is beneath the surface of the 'wings' collection: spiritual flight and creative freedom. Each piece represents a particular emotional experience towards these aspirations. Some experiences are far from free yet the process of creating them in clay is liberating.

The 'heart petals' collection represents the human heart evolving as we grow, opening and reaching out. Several pieces may be set up as fountains, which delight the eye with the constant watery flow over colorful, glazed ceramics. Each is a moment in time implying timelessness.

The 'energy in form' series is expressionistic, metaphoric, and abstract. (aqua sway) and (whorl) evoke energy rising while also mimicking waves in the ocean. Speed and power represented in (grace) and (play) takes us through the horse's paces. The might and agility of the largest mammal on earth the Antarctic blue whale is embodied in ( ocean blues), (midnight swim) and others. Capturing movement in silent 3D is as exciting as it is fascinating.


September 2023                                                                                                                                                     self portrait - opposite - 2003
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