I have been working in metal for the past 26 years. I started as a jeweler and designed numerous lines each year for craft shows and retail stores. My work consisted of brass and base metals with a mixture of glass and various stones. Although we were quite successful I became quite disappointed at the influx of overseas products that could be produced cheaper than what we could make ourselves …so I felt a desire to express myself in other ways and was especially inspired with metal sculpturing. So, beginning in '99 I set my sights for a new expression, outside the jewelry field.
Our new metal work consists of copper, brass and steel. I experimented with various methods of finishing metal and through trial and error discovered a unique method of combining acids and enamels. The acids scar the metal and begin the patina process while the enamels add rich color and various shades.
The process is very different and I find it allows the metal to be exposed and yet the colors add a softness and aged quality to the finish.
I consider my work an expression of creative originality combined with skillful formulas that allow for production and a certain amount of repetition. I work within my skills and resources and rely heavily on my imagination to find uses for things that are available to me. The skill of planning and designing items that are manufactured with productive formulas, in my opinion, are qualities that are equally important as creativity. In other words… the technical aspect of creating. Outside my studio lies a rock with the word Think inscribed on it. .
I believe Art can be an experience where one's will and knowledge is challenged and the desire for expression is realized…it's a great gift! And of course…there is my own spirituality that dwells in my work. It's there…although immersed in life's constant demands… it makes itself known and reminds me to 'Listen to Faith'.