Artist Statement 2014
I am a visual artist working primarily in glass, photography & clay. My background is founded in the natural world, having a degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. My interest in photography began in high school with work in glass & clay began while attending California State University, Long Beach, CA.
I work as a formalist using the elements of design: line, shape, form, mark, texture, color and value to tell stories that speak to the abstract depth and quality of the natural earth & solar processes of weathering, erosion, heat & fire, and the effects of time.
Kiln formed glass panels are created during multiple firings of Bullseye sheet glass & frits to build depth and surface in the glass. Photography images also work to capture elements of the natural & man-made world and to eliminate the non-essential details. The clay forms are simple in shape, volume & line to allow emphasis of the clay’s surface. Early influence on my work comes from the California Abstract Expressionist clay movement and the early Camera Work photographers Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, and later photographers, Harry Callahan, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.