Artist's Statement

The paradox that “soft”, fluid-looking metal has evolved from flat, stiff rectangles though force, determination, and tenacity enchants me.  I am entranced by the metal’s progressive transformation --- through hammering, persuasion, and struggle --- from a lifeless plane of metal toward an object of  vibrancy, unity and fluidity.

Experimentation, serendipity, a sense of play, and the subconscious mind determine the forms of my work. The forms have their roots in my gardens, and my meanderings through the woods and along the water’s edge. It is difficult for me to take a walk without lining my pockets with rocks, shells, leaves, and twigs.  These souvenirs fill the windowsills of my studio. In my work, the allusions to nature are intentionally ambiguous, to encourage interactive response and contemplation by the viewer.