I have a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Art History from Michigan State University. The two elements that drive my creative process are Light & Water.
Abbot Suger, a Medieval clergyman, was instrumental in creating gothic cathedrals. He may have been the inventor of flying buttresses, the very structural element that allowed Medieval builders to build so high and use so many stained glass windows. The skill of making stained glass has been poetically brought up as “painting with light” by Abbot Suger. When I create a mosaic I am “painting in light” much like an Impressionist painting.
The beautiful quality of the light and the fog in the San Francisco Bay Area inspires me as does the abundance of birds and flowers. Nature is my greatest inspiration and it is truly lovely and fragrant here.
One of my fondest childhood memories was a family vacation to Florida in 1972. We spent a night in St. Petersburg at a 1950s motor inn on the beach called the Thunderbird Motel. I remember paddling around in a pool under a cerulean blue sky that December and that very pool had a mosaic in the bottom of an orange and red thunderbird. I have had a fascination with the style of the 1950s, from that type of kitsch to the designs of Charles and Ray Eames since I can remember.
Mosaic has been my medium for the past 10 years. I like doing large scale mosaic installations, walls and floors, because I become part of the structure of that building. I love the endless fascination of working with glass because it is a fragile material that can be transformed into something strong enough to walk on. Glass also comes in every color imaginable and, like light shining through the water, refracts and reflects in so many beautiful ways.blog comments powered by Disqus