I believe that creating Art is a transcendent experience driven by imagination, intuition and the excitement of discovery. As a child I felt that making art was a a joyful adventure and throughout my career as an art teacher I recognized that same sense of wonder and delight reflected in the work of my students.
I love the freedom of working in Mixed Media and for several years used the frond bases of the Queen Palm tree for my creations. Deeply inspired by the powerful elegance of this form I feel it’s a compelling surface on which to explore the dynamics of color, pattern and texture.
My latest series on canvas continues this exploration of color and pattern while referencing the design motifs of various indigenous cultures.
I greatly admire the work of earth sculptor Robert Smithson as well as the artist Rufino Tamayo and have also been happily influenced by the countless young artists I taught throughout the years.
But most importantly, the Apache and Navajo artists with whom I spent the summer of 1996 showed me the many profound ways Art can be informed by Nature and Belief. This transformative experience forever changed my creative process and I now always strive to celebrate the vibrant spirit of the Natural World in my work.