I grew up in New York,the child of European immigrants. It was this place and time that shaped the structure and content of my creative play: inspired by nature, drawing based and highly personal.
My sculptures are talismans of a forgotten religion that I am remembering as they come to life in a variety of materials, each appropriate to concept.
I make art in order to make sense of my experience using fragments found along the way. My process is more reactive than active in that it is often in response to elements found rather than a process of imposing myself upon a blank canvas or block of clay.
Metal casting is the alchemic process that transforms fragile natural forms and tenuous fabrications of memory into lasting testaments of engaged existence.
Many mediums are employed to bring my images to life: Metal, clay, stone,plaster, wood, bone, glass and fiber are but a few. The use of recycled materials has become my most recent obsession. I find that discarded objects carry a history and most accurately convey the values that define us.
The content of my work has often been perceived as dark and reflective of the shadow side.
The images I bring forth are uncensored reflections of my inner world where, like in nature, there are no judgments.
Over many years, I have shared my passion for art through teaching sculpture at the university level. During my four year stint as an art therapist, I became keenly aware of the healing power of creative work. This transformed my teaching and increased my awareness of art making’s role in my own life. These are the possibilities that i continue to explore.
1992 M.F.A. in Sculpture, San Jose State University, San Jose ,CA.
1988 B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting, State University of New York, Oswego, N.Y.
2016 -2018 Arts Commissioner, City of Santa Cruz, CA.
2015-2016 Faculty Director, Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, Art and Art History, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2014-2015 Instructor-Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center, Ben Lomond, CA
2007-2011 Art Programs Coordinator- Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
2006-2007 Workshop Coordinator, The Lost Foundry, Blacksburg, VA.
2002-2006 Adjunct Professor of Art, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
2006 Adjunct Professor of Art, Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA.
2001-2003 Adjunct Professor of Art, Radford University, Radford, VA.
1998-2001 Art Therapist, Tekoa School, Pilot,VA.
1998-2001 Founder and Gallery Director, Altared Space Artists’ Coop Gallery, Floyd,Va
1991,1992 Teaching Associate, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
1989,1990 Graduate Teaching Assistant, San Jose State University, San Jose,CA.