Artist Statement

Starting with realistic figurative works, my work took a turn when I moved to the NW and it continues to stretch into the abstract. Many times I am not aware of the totality of the sculpture, nor where I am traveling to, until I arrive.  In allowing it to take me to where it wants me to go, I am able to find a deeper expression.

Years ago, I had a dream that I was sculpting and after a while I turned and realized I had an audience. I reached for the hand of the closest one and that person held the hand of the next and that person held the hand of the next and so on, until we were all connected, then we traveled down into the piece, touching upon its underlying nature.  Through the process of art, as I reach and stretch for more, I attempt to bring the viewer with me.    

In deference to the earth,  I work with recycled materials, including recycled paperclay, found objects, discarded metal.  In creating the Sculptures, I approach with a sense of play and wonder and let it take me where it goes.  What emerges sometimes retains that flavor, other times the work runs deeper.  

In some ways the medium is of lesser importance than the form it takes or the arrangement of the pieces.  In working with ‘green’ materials, the variety of objects and substances continues to extend into areas and expressions that I didn’t know possible.  I am gifted to be able to work with so many tools and forms as each one encourages me to move further.  I see art as a means to stretching in as many ways as possible.