Artist Statement

My work can be best described as whimsical.  I love color and pattern and have always been fascinated with the reflective nature of glass.  My work captures my enthusiasm for life and an energy and playfulness inspired from my work with young children.  Creating my sculptures brings me joy and I want to share that with others.  Whimsy, playfulness and laughter can be powerful tools, providing the energy to change our day or our outlook.  They can give us strength to get through the tough times or help us heal.  When I blow glass or create my flame worked beads, I can be completely lost in the moment, almost meditatively concentrating on working with the glass and gravity to create beauty.  I can leave all other aspects of life and problems behind for the moment and when I finish I feel relaxed, energized and rejuvenated.  In life we can reflect the difficulties or pains we face letting it determine our path or like light refracting through glass, we can change the direction and give back something beautiful.  Creating my work brings me peace, energy and joy and I hope that even for just a moment, it can help others find that too.

The uniqueness of my work relates directly to my personal evolution as an artist.  I am captivated by the way glass not only creates shadows and reflections, but allows light to pass through it.  Beginning as a sculptor drawn to glass, I first created flame worked jewelry.  Each piece captures light, illuminating the wearer with beautiful glittering colors. My jewelry later inspired my sculptures.  My sculptures combine blown glass bases with individual flame-worked beads arranged on flexible wire armatures that create an illusion of movement.   The fluid nature of glass and how gravity affects it causes you to react quickly and work with the material. This often leads to new discoveries that are not planned. I get many ideas from the glass beads or blown forms themselves: the colors , shapes, patterns or way the light reflects off a piece of glass I am working on, inspire a sculpture.  At other times I sketch an idea and then experiment with the glass to discovery a way to achieve that idea.  

In creating my sculptures, I portray the subject in a manner that causes the viewer to observe and interact with it to see the underlying concept.  My ideas are of things that everyone can relate to, such as a splash, a floral arrangement, or a formal event.  I want the average person to look at them and be able to understand what I had in mind and often to chuckle as they connect to it.  With “Splash!,” an installation work, I took that one step further asking the audience to interact with the piece and record their experiences in writing.  With all my sculptures, I combine many pieces that come together to create one work of art, yet each piece can be appreciated individually for its unique patterning, color and shape. The world would be boring if we were all the same, as would the work of art; the diversity is what makes it interesting.