ABOUT MY ART: Reverence experienced through nature continually teaches me that I am connected to the earth. In our current electronic fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget this connection. Combining drawing, mixed media collage, and sculpture is a method of inquiry on this connection. Observing intently during hikes in the Southeast United Staes and paddles in the South Carolina Lowcountry waters often become starting points as I bear witness to the changing natural landscape to human development. Sometimes graphite to paper is all I need to convey these experiences of wonder. Other times I feel moved to build and construct sculptures as a way of enshrining nature for others to experience.
My art practice wanders from drawing to sculpture to inventive mixed media where many processes come together. Having a wide knowledge of art materials over several decades of practice and experimenting is most important for allowing an idea to fruition. I enjoy chasing an idea with materials that best suit it. I am intentionally a perpetual student . Learning new materials and processes adds that needed spark to ignite my work further.
Collaboration is a cornerstone for how I live my life. I am always curious what others can teach me in my personal art practice as well as in the classroom with students. I met Laura Gaffke in graduate school where we developed a mail correspondence project which we still maintain today after TEN years. We are one another’s sounding board and confidants as we work our way through this creative life.