I recently took up residence at Artist & Makers Studios in Rockville, MD. I am delighted to connect with the arts community, in my new hometown.
Thinking about what motivates my art practice, I have come to the conclusion that actual process is the nexus of my art making. The selection and cutting of pieces for collage, the arranging of those pieces, the embellishment of the resulting collage with embroidery or paint, sometimes beads; the rolling and joining of coils of clay, the working of those coils, carving into the finished piece with scrafito, the application of under-glaze, the dipping of clear glaze, sometimes the added application of on-glaze and the addition of stained glass inlays and sometimes beads are some of the methods used in the process. When I begin working on something, I rarely have a preconceived idea of what form the finished piece will take, but allow the object to emerge almost organically during the making process.
Conceptually my concerns are largely with the human condition and people's essential need for comfort and security. I am intrigued by the human proclivity for the gathering of, and liberation from, the objects we choose acquire, collect and sometimes discard and by how people are often defined and measured, not by who they are, but by what they have.
Whilst fascinated by architecture and construction, I am very mindful of the impact these disciplines have on the natural world, hence elements referring to the natural world tend to creep into my work.