I have been involved with the arts for many years, starting as a jewelry maker back in the early ‘70’s, adding painting, drawing, and mixed media assemblage in the ‘80’s and 90’s. I have continued to challenge and entertain myself with the addition of textiles/fiber to my materials repertoire (creating art felt, silk art yardage, handmade wall pieces, runway/costume pieces, etc.) beginning in the ‘90’s, and carrying through to the present… fiber of some sort is often included in my contemporary work. I find fiber and fibrous materials of all sorts to be extremely versatile, and often include it in paintings, sculptures and assemblage work. It is so basic; I find working with it very satisfying.
As a contemporary artist, I hope to create work that is interesting, evocative, communicative, and often, unexpected. I find that I am impacted by world events, politics, the human condition, travel/world cultures, friends, music, nature, foolishness, and personal experiences and interests: all eventually find their way into my art. My work is simply the result of a very busy and curious mind that seldom seems to take a day off.
Although I utilize both new and recycled materials in my work, I particularly enjoy the challenge of working with materials that might be less than pristine or headed for the trash bin, giving them new life, respect and purpose through art. Whether it is an abused mannequin unsuitable for displaying clothing, rocks that find artistic life beyond the garden, scraps of pretty much anything, or a length of artist-dyed silk that just didn’t ‘work’ in its initial purpose, their transformation into something interesting, pleasing, provocative and different is very rewarding to me, and I totally enjoy both the process and the end result.
I believe that there are no rules/limits in creativity beyond those that have to do with the limitations of specific media, the Zen and Tao of art, physics, and that both the artist and the viewer should be transported and engaged in some way while interacting with the art. Simply put, I create art because it is part and parcel of the ‘me’ of me…if I did not work creatively, I would be a different person and live in a different version of the world, and I quite like inhabiting my current art-world.