I did not grow up with computers or smart phones or social media. We did not have a TV, in the early days. When we finally did it was only to watch Disney on Sunday evenings. The outdoor world was my playground. Most of my time was spent outdoors. I am so thankful for this. I was free to run through the meadows, woods and creeks. Watching and learning about natures patterns, the stories that the many lives have to share. I drank it in. Early on, art: doodling, pen and ink, pastel, crayon, painting and more, was my way of journaling. Books and reading were a delight. I read all I could about the creatures and plants our world shares with us. Imagination allowed me to go anywhere in the world to share in the stories that nature told. It was my world. Even today I am more comfortable rescuing a rattlesnake than navigating social media. The tech world for me is the strange new world. The wild world is my safe haven. A place of discovery, parables and life lessons.
The Discovery of Clay
As I entered high school my goal was to pursue painting and a focus on 2D art. Terry Aikens, my high school art teacher, introduced me to ceramics. Hand building with clay. As my hands touched the clay it was electric, magic. Love at first touch. I discovered the direction my art would focus on. Terry challenged me to pursue excellence in craftsmanship and clay making, firing, and other important techniques. He had a teacher’s heart and enjoyed sharing and at the same time encouraging me to find my own way in the clay. To teachers, please know how big a difference you can make in the life of another. Terry was my mentor and a blessing to my life.
My artwork, then and now, is a celebration of nature and the patterns found there. The world around me is rich with artistic themes. No limits. From simple to complex designs. Naturalistic and abstract. Light and shadow. Color, texture and form. Content and substance. I want to include it all, any medium, any approach without limitation. My way of journaling, an expression of gratitude for the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I hope my work welcomes you to share in my celebration of life.
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