"I make mixed media explorations of nature. Currently my focus is on Trees. The
work is intended to provide a tactile entrance into the lives of trees. Tree bark
shares some of the same properties as human skin, reacting to forces from
within and without and is a vehicle for new growth and aging. Its possible to
identify tree bark as one would identify a human face.
Clay Drawings are topographical reliefs of living trees, made with slabs of clay. I
take the clay to the tree then start by selecting a part of the tree to lift like a print.
Like photography, the image isn’t clear until it has been developed: fired, glazed,
and fired again.
Trees are powerful metaphors that project stillness at the same moment that they
are centers of energy. Through photosynthesis, they provide life-giving oxygen
and nourishment to all in the world. In their community each tree holds a story of
race, age, damage and survival."