Artist Statement


Artist Statement
My work expresses an inner journey. These days, beauty is the main goal. Beauty arising from meditative depths and exhilarative heights ( uplift ). Also, the terrible beauty felt in tragic patterns of human behavior ( perpetrator victim #1, #2, #3, #4 ). Ideas form in the mind's eye and grow in my imagination. Once in the studio, the sculpture inevitably takes on its own life.  I enjoy how the underlying shapes and forms are found in nature, yet the way way they come together gives voice to my human perspective.

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. The experience itself may be far from free and yet the process of creating it in clay is liberating.

The 'heart petals' collection represents how the heart evolves through time; the experience of continuing growth, expansion, and connection. Several may be set up as fountains, which delight the eye with the constant movement of water over the ceramic. Each piece is a moment in time and implies timelessness.

January 2021                                                                                                                                                                              self portrait - opposite - 2003