I approach my work as an offering of gratitude for life and appreciation for Nature's beauty. My wish is that my art inspires others to hold nature in reverence by creating an experience of timelessness that anchors in that reverence. I’m concerned with how my art making impacts the environment, especially with glass which is resource intensive. Creating intimate or ceremonial objects is one process I have been exploring for many years to address this. The idea that a vessel could be handed down through generations and cherished as a ceremonial object feels meaningful to me. Much of what we think we know about the distant past comes from unearthed objects. How will my art inform others 1000 years from now should a vessel be found? This intrigues me in a similar way that sending images into space might inform distant civilizations we dream of meeting up with. What survives, what is timeless and what do we care about?
I expressed my desire to be an artist early in childhood and I'm grateful that my mother, an artist, introduced me to creative practice and the New York art scene early in life. Childhood summers were also about family sailing on Long Island Sound and other outdoor adventures. These idyllic experiences set in motion a love for art, nature and adventure but were buffeted by the early death of my oldest sister. This event and its subsequent effect on my family shaped my desire to study philosophy, psychology, different spiritual traditions and many forms of creative practice to better understand the human psyche and cycles of life. During these formative years, nature became my sanctuary: it continues to be the source of my inspiration.
I became passionate about astronomy in my teenage years. Stargazing became my refuge during this transformational period and stars appear in my art as one of my primary symbols of hope and joy. The vessel form is also a constant, as metaphor for holding spirit, and this is woven throughout my work. Life is fragile, fleeting, shimmering, sublime, and these qualities transfer into glass, one of my primary mediums.
I love to explore merging with nature through dance movement meditation practices and became certified to teach the 5Rhythms® practice in 2011. Dancing with the transient phenomena of light, reflection and shadow is a catalyst for shifting perceptions and creative inspiration. Inner and outer carvings in my glass sculptures reflect and refract a dance of light. Dream work uncovers deeper layers of experience brought into my work through form or image. I’ve kept an active dream journal for decades, tracking my journey of inner growth and transformation. Different creative practices cross pollinate ideas much like nature evolving.
I live and have my studio practice on Orcas island by the edge of the sea. Besides my art, my favorite pastime is to drift with the tide in small boats, hoping to be graced by visits from cetaceans and other wild creatures. With journal in hand or small carving, my ideas often emerge while dwelling in these wild places. I’m also an accomplished systems programmer, pilot and sailor. These right and left brain activities are the alchemy of my creativity.
Selected Art Exhibitions
2018 - Nature and Psyche, two person show, Orcas Center, Eastsound, WA
2018 - Essence, Allen Family Focus Gallery, Anacortes, WA, Juror: Michael Monroe
2018 - Cracking The Surface, Annual Juried show, San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA
2017 - Millefiori: Creativity Coming Together, Pilchuck Glass School Annual Juried Auction, Seattle, WA
2017 - Dream Art, IASD Annual International Conference Juried show, Anaheim, CA
2016 - Spirit Taking Form, Annual Juried show, San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA
2016 - Glow: Illuminate the Night, Pilchuck Glass School Annual Juried Auction, Seattle, WA
2016 - Edge Arts Group Show, Orcas Center, Orcas Island, WA
2016 - Tuning in to the Frequency, IASD Annual Psiber Conference Juried Dream Art, Cyberspace
2016 - Collective Visions Gallery 2016, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Leilani Lewis
2015 - Tattered, Torn & Sepia, Annual Juried show, San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA
2013 - Great Sand Dunes National Park Visitors Center Gallery, Residency work, Mosca, CO
2013 - Edge Arts Group Show, Orcas Center, Orcas Island, WA
2008 - Ashes to Art, 4th International Exhibition - Scattered, Funeria Gallery, Graton, CA
2006 - Ashes to Art, 3rd International Exhibition, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2005 - La Petite XII, Alder Gallery, Coberg, OR
2005 - Tacoma Glass Art Museum, Museum Gift Shop, Tacoma, WA
2003-2004 - Second Nature - 3 Women from North America, Luniverre Gallery, Paris, France
2003 - 33rd Glass Art Society Conference, Juried Show - George Scott Studios, Seattle, WA
2003 - Ashes to Art, 2nd International Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
2002 - Ashes to Art, Special Edition, Atelier One, Graton, CA
2001 - Ashes to Art, 1st International Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
2000 - Art Detour, Open Studio Event and Casting Demonstration, Seattle, WA
2000 - Annual Juried Glass Show, Emerald City Fine Arts, Seattle, WA
2013 - Idaho Art Lab, Saint Anthony, ID - An exploration of dance and painting.
2012 - Great Sand Dunes National Park Artist, Mosca, CO - An exploration of human belonging through dance and sculpture.
5Rhythms® Moving Meditation Dance & Dreamwork - Teaching & Practice
2004-Present - I was certified to teach the 5Rhythms® in 2011. I have danced over 2000 hours in 5Rhythms® group embodiment practice through workshops, retreats, and ongoing groups. I created my own 5Rhythms® class series with the themes; Prayer Body, Moment by Moment, States of Being, & Night Waves into the Dreamtime.
I've worked with dreams in my 5Rhythms teaching, in facilitating a dream group and in creating different art work. I've completed dream yoga and dreamwork retreats and classes with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Lama Surya Das, Michael Katz, Robert Moss, Christine Price and Machiel Klerk.
2003 - Association of Clay and Glass Artists of CA: "Excellence in Glass Award"
2001 - Association of Clay and Glass Artists of CA: "Excellence in Glass Award"
1998 - PONCHO & The Grady Foundation scholarship for Pilchuck Glass School
Artworks Gallery, Olga, WA
Funeria, Graton, CA
Luniverre Gallery, Paris, France
Luniverre Gallery, Paris France
Emerald City Fine Arts, Seattle, WA
Numerous private collections
I attended the University of Vermont from 1978-1981 as a Fine Arts Major. I earned a Certificate in Computer Programming in 1983. I am primarily self taught in my glass work although I have studied at Pilchuck Glass School, Bullseye Glass Center, and Pratt Fine Arts Center among others, to enhance my learning.
Information Technology Work
From 1983-2005 I worked as an Enterprise Operating Systems Programmer progressing to Senior Consultant on IBM's Z/OS Enterprise systems (mainframes) for large corporations primarily in finance, government and retail industries. I specialized in data visualization for performance and capacity analysis, long term planning for data management using DFSMS and the installation/customization of the Z/OS operating system. I excelled at this I believe due primarily to my unique creative pattern recognition and problem solving abilities although my organizational and planning skills contributed to my success. Along the way I kept making art although one could say that programming is also an art form.
As a child I often dreamt of flying and fulfilled this dream by earning my pilot's license in 1991, subsequently flying and maintaining a Piper Cherokee 235 for 24 years. I approach flying as a meditation. I also have extensive experience in captaining boats including many adventures aboard my Union 36' sailboat for 13 years. I love navigation, charts and the art of adventure. These experiences led me to explore aspects of ego structures involved in critical decision making and deepened my understanding of the psyche.
1959 - Born in Vermont, USA