I was initially
drawn to wire sculpture by the early figures of Alexander Calder.
His work was in the back of my mind when I began to play with
There is a
constant challenge in working three dimensionally with wire. Because
it's still basically a line drawing, the figures are stuck somewhere
between two and three dimensions. I'm constantly trying to suggest
as many good vantage points while maintaining a simplicity to
keep the energy as light as possible. The changing shadows cast
by the movement of the figures add additional dimensions to the
I love the
elated energy and movement in the leaps of dancers, though I am
also drawn to themes involving the whimsical, dry humor of everyday
people and activities. Recently I have ventured into animal themes,
both serious (wildlife) and humorous (often pets).
I also love
the portability of wire. My wire "studio" is like a
knitting basket allowing me to bring it with me almost anywhere.
In the past I have worked in ceramics and photography which both
require a great deal of equipment, a long drawn out process, and
expensive materials. With wire I have none of these encumbrances.
As a result of my portability, I occasionally work as a demo artist
in galleries during an open house or an art walk. I enjoy constantly
working out new ideas and always welcome commissions.
of choice is rebar tie wire (#16 gauge), though I also work in
aluminum and occasionally copper. Thicker gauge aluminum (3/16)
allows me to create larger works including life-sized human figures.
from UC Berkeley with a degree in Resource Studies I have had
a variety of careers including teaching, farming and small business
owner. I have dabbled in a wide variety of art forms for years
taking classes at both Chico State and Butte College. In 1999
I received the Dean's Award from the College of Humanities and
Fine Arts at CSU Chico. In the fall of 2004, I sold my small business
in order to focus on my art on full time basis. My work currently
shows in galleries in northern California and southern Oregon.
I currently live in Chico, CA with my daughter Kea, two demanding