I love spending time outdoors in natural places, especially places where there are no people. The Chinese proverb, “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” is a good metaphor for understanding my life and artwork.
I use steel, clay, paper, beads, and nearly any other art material I can get my hands on. I fell in love with the way steel changes when heated, forged, and welded. Like steel, clay changes form in a magical way. The moist clay moves easily in your hands and the final hardened piece reflects the way the moist clay was handled.
I use natural forms: trees, plants, leaves, animals, especially birds. To make my artwork, I borrow the gestures, forms, and textures of the plants and animals around me. I want to capture something that rings true about these subjects.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, later a Masters in teaching art and a Ph.D. I taught in a university art department for more than 20 years. My artwork has been shown in regional and national exhibitions all over the United States and collected a few prizes along the way. I now live in the Shenandoah Valley.