Size: 23"W x 30"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2009
Like a Zen alchemist, I work the surface of metal, creating patinas through the application of an eclectic mix of chemicals and compounds on copper, brass, aluminum and steel. A patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of metals, a tarnish, produced by oxidation or other chemical processes. Through multiple applications I strive to achieve an amazing range of patterns, textures and colors.— Nature is my muse: whether it is earthy and textural or lyrical and rhythmic. This combination of man-made and natural, results in a balance between strength and softness, nature and industry.
I began as an oil painter. I loved color. I also struggled with my artistic voice. An opportunity presented itself—an independent MFA program. I explored what I loved and valued most, which was nature and meditation.—-Teaching art, I was always told, was an excellent way to grow as an artist. I was lucky to put this to practice. In order to teach, I had to became a beginner, relearning what I thought I knew. My art took a dramatic turn as a result. — No color. No paints. No brushes. Using only my hands, I immersed myself into the sensuality of wet clay. I connected to the clay’s texture and subtle visual variety; from dark browns to reds to white. Bees wax, poured hot, added an olfactory dimension to this new work.— I do not remember how it arrived: the small piece of copper. I became enamored. Next, steel presented itself, and I loved that too. Both were embraced by the clay and the wax, until. —My work transformed, again. I now am using only metal as my medium.