Mixed Media Artist Working With Found Materials To Create Fine Art Jewelry and Kinetic Sculpture Combined With Etched Metal Panels.
After many colorful years hitched to a drawing board illustrating for a myriad of clients across the USA and Europe, life changed, as it so often does. I found myself carving out a new and much more interesting artist’s path. Strangely enough, it began right at my feet…finding a beautiful rusty bolt on a busy city street. A fabulous little find…a gem of sorts, the best kind, a catalyst for change.
A latch key kid, I spent summers exploring my neighborhood whirling around on a banana seat bike, collecting rocks and other ephemera that I used to make my very first sculptures. From that point on I was destined for art school to study traditional ways of drawing and painting. After working as a successful illustrator for many years, I began organically exploring various media including clay, stone work installations, mixed media kinetic sculptures, and wearable fine art jewelry. The area of fine art jewelry has led me on an interesting path that allows me to explore unusual materials and stretch my technical skills in continually surprising ways. The intuitive process of marrying materials from different centuries captivates me endlessly, by allowing me to create small compartments and spaces to house newly imagined stories.
I have always been fascinated by ancient cultures and early mark making, ancient cave dwellers, African, Aboriginal and ancient Native American petroglyphs. From these studies, I have created a distilled free line drawing style that has transcended through major media explorations.
Combining a love of found materials and this freestyle-glyphic drawing, onto copper and bronze sheets, I then use some of the finished metal panels to fashion kinetic stabiles that spin, wobble and suspend on the teeniest point. These sculptures engage and entertain by drawing the viewer into the magic and mystery of balance and shape with a marriage of materials old and new.
It seems a bit ironic that an object such as a rusty bolt that is meant to keep something in one place could propel me towards a different way of seeing, making work, and paved a new beginning for the gem of a rusty old bolt that I found right at my feet.
I spend free time with family, friends, and volunteering. I also love to walk Frankie, the family’s little Doxie while we hunt for found treasures.
With a passion for mark making onto sheets of metal that leave the surface wildly textured, mingled with found objects steeped in mystery and history, combined with mid-air wire drawings, I create new possibilities to explore sculptural kinetic ideas.