My lifelong study of art led me to my current career in Interior Design. The work incorporates all the many media and practices from my prior art experiences but using a much broader scale . My prior careers in art included being an educator, gallery owner , art show curator, Art Center Board Member and President.
As an artist I worked in several media : painting, ceramics and jewelry.
Around my early thirties I discovered Memphis Milan furniture from Italy. Their playful approach to form and color was an inspiration. For the next twenty years I designed original furniture pieces and painted them with wild abandon. I exhibited nationally and created numerous custom pieces. My furniture work segued into interior design which I find very stimulating and rewarding.
Living in Healdsburg for the past 25 years , surrounded by great natural beauty inspired me in a new way. I became intrigued with leaves , their shape, color and texture. I experimented in several media to create my own interpretation.
The current combination of materials allows me to work intuitively . The design is guided by organic materials. Willow branches are the backbone, bronze wire plays within this constraint . The parchment fills the void with line and texture and the shellac tightens the parchment and adds color and transparency. I am drawing lines with string to create tension between geometric and organic forms .
This process of creating art has given me freedom to study the materials and the shapes that are possible . I am curious to see what else can be created with them. I envision making pods, husks and skeletal remains of imagined flora.
Nature is a wonderful teacher and a constant inspiration.