Emotion is everything in art, but always adding something “old” or “borrowed” to my work gives it a history and makes it ever more meaningful to me. Sculptures use antique ironing boards and old hat forms as their foundation. Mosaics include bits of old jewelry or rusty hinges. Old dental tools, porcelain quills, knitting needles, Model T windshield wipers can all enhance the manipulation of the medium in my paintings.
Throwing myself into the creative process, the journey starts with raw emotion.Working large and bold, the passion behind a piece is the most important aspect of my work. I let my entire being connect with the blank slate, without any pre-conception of the finished product. Only after many starts and stops, often in a fitful, messy, and chaotic way, does a finished work start to speak to me. Adding or using those bits from the past is the touch that complements and completes my emotional connection to the creation.