Inspirations:

My first trip to Europe my early 20’s, after years of art history classes, confirmed a commitment to a life long study of art within a cultural context. Combining the creation of functional pottery with a surface treatment that channels passion for historical uses of pattern, color, and design, sustains and nurtures my work.

I come from a tradition of functional work, and continued to be inspired by the deliberate act of making well-designed forms on a daily basis.  

In addition to red earthenware clay, I experiment with paperclay, high-fire reduction firing, and any and all materials and techniques that move me forward.

 As Manet said, "I am a realist. I paint what I see."

As the painter Greg Stone said, “I don’t paint exactly what I see. You change things, exaggerate things like color or line…the light changes, the wind changes, smell and sounds change.”   the 

 Background:

My BS  is in "Re-creation, Art, and Society'" from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. I have also studied clay at the Jacob Cramer Centre for the Arts in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Our education in the local pub after class was just about equally valuable to that of our studio work.

After obtaining my undergraduate degree, one of my goals was to continue to paint and draw. With help, practice, and perseverance, I began to combine clay with drawing in my everyday life.

My work has benefited by virtue of my being the assistant to the Editor of The Studio Potter, as a Research Consultant with The Marks Project, and in serving the less fortunate members of our community.