"I have always been interested in abstraction and find that most of the non-representational forms I create emerge from a simple circle."
My two-dimensional pieces combine acrylic and latex paint on paper. I begin, of course, with circles. The shape of a single sphere is traced onto a page or scratched into wet paint. And then more circles are added, one after another. As shapes intersect and overlap, the composition gets somewhat chaotic. Eventually, from this web of intertwining spheres, new forms emerge. I tease them to the surface and give them room to breath. These shapes hold my interest; they amuse me, inspire me and open me to a sense of connection to that which is boundless and absolute.
Ceramic Wall Pieces
With clay, I feel I can breath life into the elemental forms that appear in my abstract paintings. I carve curvilinear shapes out of slabs of clay and then dry each form on irregular surfaces to create a lightly three-dimensional effect. Small hooks are built into the back of each clay piece, for easy display on the wall. Finally, stripes, circles and spots are incorporated into the surface design. These marks are both playful and mundane; manifestations of diurnal experiences and visual “chatter” that I absorb and assimilate every day.
I received my MFA in ceramics from the California College of the Arts where I studied with Viola Frey. I went on to explore cast bronze and combined materials on paper. I have recently returned to clay, a medium rich with possibilities!