For my 13th birthday I asked for an oil painting set and was lucky enough to receive it; unlike the drum set I requested a few years later. Art instead of music; I can say that was probably a kind twist of fate because now I create objects of beauty instead of who knows what horrors of sound I might have inflicted on others.
I am the first one in my family to obtain a 4 year college degree. I was pre-med, then changed to fine arts, then had to get a job and eventually wound up as a computer programmer until finally landing back here in the arts. I went from Wall Street to Rural Route and have never been happier. I do not regret a thing. Everything I experienced and learned helps me today.
What drives my creativity? Why do I do what I do? Where did I study and what awards have I won? These are the things I’m supposed to tell you in a bio but I probably won’t. I will say that I am largely self taught, that I created many ugly things along the way, that I fail all the time, even after 22 years. Creativity is innate in each of us; sometimes it finds an outlet in cooking, building, singing or in fishing. For me it is in creating with color and light.
Warm glass is an amazing medium to work with; the technology is growing and what was once unobtainable financially is now as easy to get as a toaster. New techniques are unfolding all the time and ancient techniques can be revisited. Glass is an ancient magical material with endless possibilities and dichroic glass is a newish material impossible without 20th century technology.
Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color. She stills the mind and soothes the soul and if you are lucky will whisper in your ear and play the muse. I look to my garden, the fields and forests for inspiration. The combination of ancient techniques, modern technology and the artistry of nature is where my passion blooms.
Our Products Are Available At The Locations Below
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass - Neenah, Wisconsin
Valeries Gallery - Newbury Port, MA