I arrived late to glass, yet started early. When I was four, I found a marble in the dirt while crawling around under the bushes. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and at that moment I knew that glass would be my life's obsession.
Too bad I couldn't color between the lines. In those days, the kids who couldnt (or simply wouldn't) draw straight were directed into pursuits other than visual arts music, drama, etc. I discovered a talent for writing, eventually majoring in advertising and becoming a successful advertising and marketing executive.
In July of 1990, I visited the Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Dale Chihuly. I was in glass heaven. Soon I became a volunteer at the school, and before long, I knew that my passion was glass and its unlimited potential for expression. It started with a class here, a workshop there by May, 2001 I had left the corporate world behind and have not looked back since.
As an artist working primarily in glass, I reinterpret ideas and images, symbols and stories through pictures, shapes, words, texture and color. My background in the commercial world makes me hyper-aware of the messages that we receive as well as send constantly throughout each day.
When I began using a photo-resist process to incorporate photographic imagery into my work, it was a turning point. I rely upon images and themes spanning from antiquity through contemporary pop culture. References to art history, literature and mythology may be found throughout my work. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources anything from Michaelangelo to Andy Warhol I try to reinterpret classical ideas and ideals in new ways. Themes ranging from sexuality to spirituality underlie my work.
Possessing neither a Masters degree, nor an art school background, Im unencumbered by traditional expectations and conventions of what glass art is supposed to be. I create what I believe is beautiful and has deeper meaning. It is my passion to bring beauty and joy to others through my artwork.