1965 Cardiff, Wales
1984-85 Foundation Year: Art & Design Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
1987-91 BA (Honors) Art Education Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
American Craft Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
Grizedale Society, Grizedale, Cumbria, England
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA
The Bresler Collection
The Horn Collection
The Lipton Collection
The Mason Collection
The Saxe Collection
The Waterbury Collection
The Wornick Collection
I started to explore surface, ironically, while making two-dimensional printed images. Now I realize that it was the carving of the wood or linoleum's surface, rather than the making of the print's flat image that enthralled me.
The turned form provides a focus for my expression. The wood contributes its own character (it being not a blank canvas) with which I form a dialogue, creating contrast and balance by manipulating its urface. A dance of sorts takes place bewteen me and the piece. I find the execution and transformation of surface mesmerising. The carving has a therapeutic quality.
I select wood that is empathetic to my work. Relatively neutral wood, that does not have overwhelming color or grain, that could conflict with my designs. My pieces are subtle. The intricate surfaces are intended to draw in the viewer and create a dialogue. thus the dance between the piece and the viewer begins.
The circle in all its forms within my work, turned or carved, concentric and subdivided, reflect the patterns of our lives and world. Circles within circles. The central bowl or hole, symbolizes the vessel and space within. The design elements represent areas of my life I strive to balance, to create a harmonious whole. My work allows me to reflect upon my life and my relationship with the world I live in.
After being in limbo for nearly three years, I finally moved into a purpose built studio of my own. This also coincided with me receiving my Permanent Resident Status (Greencard). It has allowed me to move forward again, and a new series, my "Dance " series has emerged.