Artist’s Statement

I was born and raised in Beaverlodge, a small rural town in Northern Alberta. Growing up I enjoyed the cultural, creative and nurturing environment of the area that has supported and continues to support a great variety of art and craft endeavors.

I was inspired many years ago by one of my first Speech Pathology child clients who responded to my question of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” by answering simply with “a maker”. I often think of these pure and unbiased words in my art/craft projects and educational experiences. I feel I have been very fortunate in my life to have had numerous opportunities to be just that “maker”. I try to always enjoy the ride by trying new things and going with the creative flow in whatever medium I am working. I try not to get hung up on the “rules”. As many will attest I am usually thinking outside the box (the clay box or the round glass bead that is).

I have experimented in art classes and workshops with a variety of mediums. I enjoy painting , sculpting, silversmithing, woodwork, glasswork, ceramic work and most recently welding but continue to find glass and clay to be the most fulfilling and complete mediums for me. Both glass and clay allow me to sculpt, do carving, and create beautiful objects. I find “silica” in all forms to be addictive and ever challenging both aesthetically and cognitively. I continue to seek knowledge in all areas relating to my chosen mediums and welcome all opportunities to explore ways of creating new and different works that incorporate ideas, experiences and knowledge.