After graduating from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art, I spent many years in the Capital Region of upstate NY creating museum quality jewelry and metal art objects. My focus turned to painting in 2006. I feel that it is a natural outgrowth of my 3-dimensional work providing me with a more fluid medium with which to express myself as an artist. I have always liked working with my hands. Fulfillment for me is taking an idea and giving it substance by building or painting it from scratch to completion. This keeps me well connected to a part of myself that some might call spiritual. Art gives me freedom of expression and the knowledge that there are many good answers and it’s OK to explore them all. If my work gives joy to others it makes it all the more worthwhile. Throughout my adult years there have been four tenets that support any work that I create:
A playful willingness to be flexible while maintaining consideration to aesthetic values.
My art should be distinguishable from manufactured items by how it reflects my skills and creativity. There is an authenticity and originality that mass produced items lack.
The concepts and craftsmanship are more valuable than the materials involved, but the materials must support the functional intent of the work whether it is to be hung on a wall, worn as adornment, or to perform a function in daily life.
The fun is in the doing. The most important pieces I am working on are the ones currently in progress and the dream of what is next.
All work is one-of-a-kind. Sometimes there is a series of pieces with the same compositional focus but never a repeat. Form, Shape, Line, Color & Texture are paramount and I bring decades of experience and education to my work. In my silversmithing I enjoy mixing metals (Fine and Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass and Gold) and using interesting shaped minerals and found objects to create art objects and art wearables. I love the challenge of making containers and small tabletop art objects which are whimsical and playful. In my two-dimensional work I have used primarily mixed water media and collage, sometimes oil, charcoal or graphite. Use of high quality materials and acid free paper and mats assures longevity of the artwork.
All artwork is available for purchase. inquiries for purchase, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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