It’s been an exciting, at times scary, trip to reach this point: setting up a fine arts studio of my own, and for a very introverted person, putting myself and my work “out there online.”
For well over 30 years I’ve worked both full-time as an artist, and in publishing paying the bills while working on my art part-time. As I moved away from the graphic arts into the more fine arts side of the house, I thought about what it would be like to have my own studio, devoted to making art according to my own interests. For so long I wasn’t ready to make that leap. Then the pandemic hit. I lost my job and, along with so many countless others, got handed a huge re-set button. This site is the result.
The re-set worked in other ways too. I left publishing behind and found a job in a wholly different industry with a smaller company working at a much saner pace. I’m not yet at a place where I can do the studio full time, but someday, definitely. In the meantime, I count myself lucky indeed to have a day job I enjoy, working with great people and at the end of the day, energy to create.
My work takes several weeks to make: creating the piece, slowly drying the form, bisque firing, then finishing the work, which can involve any number of processes including additional kiln firings until the piece is complete.
For the past 4 years, I’ve been working in decorative tiles and masks. While I will continue to work with those, I’m also looking to expand into more sculptural forms, exploring ideas of the feminine divine. This new direction is an outgrowth of my life-long love of mythology and folklore, and changes in my life that have come with aging. Perspective as muse.
Why ALS Association Donation?
My uncle Bob, and my sister, Cindy, both died of ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease). I was very small when my uncle died. My only memories of him are in a wheelchair in an advanced stage of the disease. My sister was diagnosed when she was 40 years old. During the 12 years she battled ALS, I helped take care of her. Out of the gamut of emotions that come with caregiving a loved one with a terminal degenerative illness, is feeling helpless in the face of something you can’t fix. I thought so many times during her battles, and later after she died, that if I ever ran my own studio where I sold my work, I would take a portion of each sale and donate it to fight ALS. Well, here I am, with a small one-woman studio, a website to help sell my work and this is a promise kept.
The ALS Association does amazing work helping patients and their families, and they support the vital research ongoing to find better treatments, and, please, someday, a cure. Thank you.