My art is a reflection of my relationship with natural forms. These forms come to me on walks, while I work in my garden, or appear as gifts from friends who share my fascination with the beauty inherent in Nature’s abundant variety of forms. It is often the metamorphosis of nature’s forms, as they change from season to season, that attracts me. I am endlessly drawn to that universal world in which differing life forms share similar qualities.
I spend countless hours contemplating a particular form in order to feel its energy. It becomes a Zen-like connection not unlike a meditation. As an artist, I hope that those who choose to connect with my work can share some of the harmony and tranquility I feel through the creative process. Perhaps, at the very least, the viewer will give those small, often unnoticed forms in Nature a second glance.
Did you know...
What is terra sigillata? Terra sigillata means earth seal in Greek. It is the refined slip the Greeks used on the black and red ware. Amphora vases with images recounting the myths and olympic events were not glazed but instead were painted with the refined slip called terra sigillata. It is loved for its properties that allow it to be buffed to a soft or high sheen that seems to invite the touch.
Where do you get your ideas????
Nature is my inspiration! Ideas are inspired by the environment itself. At other times it is the forms of the plants, animals and humans that live in harmony with that environment.... Often ideas come from natural treasures I pick up on walks. At other times, I find spectacular forms in the produce section of the grocery stores! Natural forms also arrive as special gifts from friends who see a form from nature and just know I would love it!
How old were you when you first became interested in art? 3 early memories profoundly effected my life journey.
The first was when I was about 3. When I was supposed to be taking a nap, instead I drew all over my bedroom wall with wax crayons. Guess who spent the rest of the day cleaning them off...but I don't remember the punishment, instead I remember how much I loved drawing marks on my wall!
Another memory was when I was 5 or 6. My grandmother gave me corn and bean to plant anywhere I wanted in her beautifully manicured garden. She wanted me to see what happens when you plant a seed and she knew corn and beans come up so fast I would have a chance to see them sprout!
About that same time period, we lived on Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. In those day, kids were safe to go anywhere and what I loved was to take my little dog Trixie and go for walks in the woods. In those woods behind my home, I collected rocks, snails, acorns, and an occasional turtle, and even baby birds that had fallen our of their nests. These were my early treasures and have lead ultimately to many of my clay sculptures, including a huge floor installation of all white works, called "A Walk Remembered."