Artist Statement

Shaped by a childhood in a divorced home, in 1960's
California, my art is largely auto-biographical.

My identity, my family of origin and my struggle building
a positive home for myself, my children and my
marriage are often themes. Beyond myself, politics,
the environment and our rapidly changing world,
galvanize my art.

Content and craft are most important to my work. I feel
a strong affinity to metal; be it found objects, bronze
work, or welded steel. Initially a painter, it was a great
revelation when I found three dimensional work.
Combining metal, painting and construction often best
facilitates my ideas.

Ultimately, my work is the distillation of my identity and
my world view. I endeavor to make my work authentic
and honest. If my work is authentic, it will have meaning.

BA, Art Studio, University of California, Davis, CA, 1986
Continued education:
Ceramics / Metalsmithing, UNM, Albuquerque, NM, 1993-94
Foundry, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2011