I grew up surrounded by creative women. During my senior year in high school, a field trip to New York City brought me face-to-face with Picasso’s Guernica, Monet’s Waterlilies and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. But the work that made me stand still, rooted in place, was Calder’s Une Boule Noir, une Boule Blanche. It moved. It made music. I would have happily forgone the rest of the excursion just to have the opportunity to watch this piece of art for the rest of the day.
Then life happened.
Pragmatically, I chose a career that would provide me the opportunity to live in many different types of environments and would always be in demand – community college Mathematics professor. I loved teaching and was good at it. But I never completely stopped being creative.
My creative path took me through a wide range of textile arts, then jewelry and metalsmithing into sculptural welding, mobiles and stabiles. I use many of the techniques I’ve learned from working in other media in my current work. While my pieces are quite different from Alexander Calder’s work, his work remains a tremendous inspiration.
Today I enjoy the challenge of creating balance and motion with a wide variety of objects. Using techniques and tools from many of my previous creative endeavors, I create pieces that make me smile. I hope they make you smile as well.