My work lies in wait in my head long before the early roots of a project plant themselves. Once that tiny seed has germinated, it blooms wildly out of control into something with so much life it sneaks into my dreams at night and consumes my waking thoughts. My inspiration comes both from nature and my extensive travels through the northwest and southwest United States. Exploring the diverse richness of the landscapes, culture, and art of our country’s native people brings a timeless quality to my work. The natural beauty of our country figures prominently as I focus on gardens, water, whimsy and wildlife in many of my pieces.
I love to work within traditional crafting methods and then stamp my work with my own distinctive flavor; including silk painting, felting, fused, kiln-cast and leaded glass, charcoal, paint, and chalk pastels. Irreverent, whimsical imagery fills much of my work. Coupled with delicious materials – from batiks to wool, metallic threads, dye, copper and silver metals, silk, iridescent, dichroic and painted glass, and even recyclables – comes a palette rich in blues, greens and other “crayon box” colors. I am primarily drawn to vivid colors and movement and use these elements to anchor my work. A recent example is a traditionally wet-felted blanket that is reminiscent of our Native American culture. The colors are bold and deep. From a background of black rise the spirit skulls of our ancestors. Metallic threads explode across the piece and provide another dimension, lending a kind of harmony to the main melody of the piece.
Life for each of us is truly a continuing series of defining moments. Our memories of these times stack upon each other in an endless spiral to create the person who we are, today. I seek to awaken my subconscious memories and strive with traditional craft techniques and vibrant colors to bring to the surface these emotive qualities in the viewer. The meaning of each piece I create is intended to be personal to the viewer; I hope to touch a chord within them to allow them the opportunity for their own personal reflection. We are nestled between the spectrum of a brilliant new future and the colored past, painted on both sides. We need to be open in order to see that it is not only our moments that shape us, but also moments from those who came before us – the shadows of their distant memories, emotions, and cultures together, layering and building continuously, inside each of us.