San Anselmo, CA
The greatest source of my inspiration is the Bay Area’s remarkably diverse community. Living here I am surrounded by a wealth of compelling subjects for my figures and portraits. The shapes, forms, colors and energies of the people who walk beside me daily, stir my imagination. My work is a continuing challenge to capture and express the spirit of each of these individuals. It teaches me respect, patience and gratitude and it brings me great joy.
I have enjoyed working in several mediums: clay, wax, plaster, coldcast bronze, forton and cast paper. Clay is my favorite. For me, it best holds and expresses the human spirit. It is a mirror of sentient life – soft and pliable, strong and resistant. It absorbs color and welcomes texture. It is sensitive to the most subtle touch; and if its nature is ignored or disrespected it responds with an unyielding stubbornness.
My working process involves two complimentary approaches. One is working weekly with a model in a small group of sculptors, honing skills and techniques, and sharing experiences. On the other days, I work alone in my studio, experimenting with materials, exploring ideas, creating personal pieces from my model work and from my imagination. I build large and small, usually hollow, and finish the work with stains, underglazes, terra sigillata, and raku firing.