My introduction to art came through photography, a creative medium that still enhances my engagement with the forms and perspectives that inspire my sculptural work. I've made three-dimensional art for over 25 years, moving from representational and stylized objective subjects from nature toward abstract compositions of form, mass, volume, and surface carving and decoration. That orientation toward abstract design characterizes my work today.
Clay has been my primary medium since 1995, and I have been fortunate to learn from several notable ceramic artists. My first teacher and inspiration was Debra Fritts of Roswell , Georgia , an artist with work in several galleries nationwide, including Lowe Gallery, Atlanta , Blue Spiral, Asheville , North Carolina , Chase Gallery , Boston , and Pacini-Lubel Gallery, Seattle . I have also worked and studied with Robert Piepenberg of Ann Arbor , Michigan , an award-winning artist, teacher and author, whose work is exhibited and collected internationally.
Other classes and workshops that have added to my growth as an artist are: two weeks at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina with Montana ceramic sculptor Richard Notkin (Garth Clark Gallery, New York City; Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana), which included collaborative sessions with noted potter Julia Galloway; shorter workshops with Michigan artist Mark Chatterly (Longstreth-Goldberg Art, Naples, Florida), North Carolina sculptural ceramist Michael Sherrill (Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts), Georgia potter Rick Berman, Massachusetts potter Ben Krupka (Ferrin Gallery), and English potter David Roberts; and 16-week classes with University of Michigan ceramic artist John Leland (The Sculpture Center, Cleveland) and Ann Arbor, Michigan potters Kate Tremel (founder, Good Dirt Gallery and Ceramic Arts Center, Athens, Georgia) and Tanya Rudenjak.
I have been a member of The Clay Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2007.. My work is also available at The Timmel Collection fine arts gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan, and at Joppich's Bay Street Gallery in Northport, Michigan. My sculptures have also been featured in Making Ceramic Sculpture, Raul Acero, Lark Books, Asheville , NC , 2000; and in The Spirit of Ceramic Design, Robert Piepenberg, Pebblestone Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008.
Awards and Exhibits: "Best in Show" for Headland, Roswell Visual Arts Center (GA) 2004 annual art show. Juried Gallery exhibits: 2007 Gifts of Art exhibit, U-M Health System; Michigan Ceramics 2008 exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and the Community Arts Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit; and Michigan Ceramics 2010 exhibition at the Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan.