I have always been interested in wooden objects and the arts, primarily 3D pieces. Over time my pursuits have evolved from furniture and utilitarian objects to turned art pieces. As a wood-turning artist, I have become fascinated with creation and refinement of wooden vessels, hollow forms, and sculpture.
As a former member of the Northwoods Turners in Northern Wisconsin and a current member of both the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and The Enchanted Woodturners in Santa Fe and through participating in classes at the John Campbell Folk School over the years, I've had the opportunity to learn alongside and work with many accomplished wood artists, allowing me to hone my skills and gain insight into the art.
I love working with natural materials- from cotton and wool fiber and gourds to sticks and cholla skeletons. I use photography to capture the human form including posture and facial expressions, as well as unusual textures, color combinations, and organic and architectural forms and use these as a basis for my compositions.
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many fine art quilters and to learn from skilled gourd artists and needle-felters. I hope to continue to have life-long learning experiences.
As a teacher, I know the value of researching, reading and listening to experts. But above all, the true learning for me comes with experimentation.