My current focus in sculpture explores the human figure. A basic silhouette is a starting point we can all relate to. What makes up a person: the memories, humor, quirks, faults, and emotions? What of the external environment: relationships, possessions, location, time, and obstacles? These are concepts I choose to explore through sculpture.
I decided to be an artist as a child and focused on it through my education. Through a lucky break, I worked at a traditional stained glass studio (John Keberle Studio in Dallas) for a summer. That experience opened the door to glass being an artist’s medium.
Fused glass appealed to me because it seemed new, even though it actually pre-dates glassblowing. I got an apprenticeship at the Bullseye Glass Co. Fusing Ranch in the early 1980's. The knowledge from that period continues to inform my artwork. Learning to weld at a vocational school in San Francisco allowed metals to become a more important part of my work. This also made an increase in scale possible. The solid strength of metal is a good contrast to the delicate transparency of glass. I use both old and new techniques, from plasma cutting to blacksmithing and computer controlled kilns to medieval glass painting methods.
Living and working in the wide-open spaces of Texas encourage the creation of outdoor sculptures.