Living in a rural area my surroundings influence my work. My inspiration is human- nature as in the nature of humans and their reflection in the natural world. Did I choose to live on the Coast of Norther California because it's easy to see these dynamics or did it slowly seep into my work through living here? Both, I suppose.
I used to make glass flowers to infuse the long, grey east coast winters with a feeling of spring- time. Then I moved to California where Novembers are radiant with green grass and emerging flowers. No longer hunkering down for a long dark winter my need for those beautiful glass flowers dissolved. Commissions for flower sculptures continued and I made them until a new evolution became clear.
I'd sketch flowers, leaves, vines and forms from the natural world endlessly. Then I felt compelled to draw faces of people I knew and imagined.
The reversal felt as definite as if I'd taken a part of myself and turned it inside out, "Ah, so that's what's on the other side!" Nature drawings on one side and faces on the other. As I visualize, the two sides appear through each other. Glass with its transparent surface is the natural media to work with. In glass, human and nature forms merge helping me assimilate new sensibilities. While they may appear as decoration on the faces they are symbolic of a more deeply felt integration.
Below are some pieces I am working on. They are on triangular pieces of glass and will go in a stand when they are finished. At this point I am in the middle of engraving, texturing and polishing and am fairly close to being finished.
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Art, Glass & Life
I'm a sculptor working in glass. I look at life metaphorically. This led to writing poetry and an exploration of its possibilities in glass. Poetry allows the inclusion of small bits and pieces of life, the way glass allows the fusion of small bits of color. Together they've become a powerful part of my life that I'm happy to share with you here.