I was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, and living very near to multiple parks along the river that winds through my hometown, the entire out-of-doors became my playground. I have fond memories of climbing trees along the river bank, picking pussy willows, collecting leaves, chestnuts and “Japanese Lanterns”. As a teen, I began to spend time along the banks of Lake Michigan, where the always changing moods of the lake were a constant source of wonder and seemed to reflect my teenage moods. Nature still holds a fascination for me, and it still seems to speak to and reflect our own human experiences.
The oldest of ten children, family is very important to me. Raising my own three children was a defining part of my life. I returned to school after raising my children to work towards an art degree, and found that my art opened a door allowing me to explore my (feminine) life experiences. In 2005 I earned an art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, with a concentration in ceramics. My husband and I moved to Port St. Joe, Florida in 2006, drawn there by the beautiful, wild scenery of the Florida Panhandle.
The landscape and nature's forms inspire and inform my ceramic sculptures and one of a kind pottery; the textures of driftwood, the shapes of leaves, the movement of waves, the interwoven patterns of the land meeting the sea, and the graceful birds who lend an elegance to the landscape. Sometimes the inspiration is translated literally in my work. At other times it becomes abstracted. While I am strongly attracted to the forms that nature provides me, I also feel that using nature in my work allows me speak softly about the human condition, and allows for a deeper, more personal connection to the viewer.
At my studio, The Artery, located in Port St. Joe (www.ArteryStudio.com), I am able to share my love for clay and pottery by offering instruction to adults and children. I am currently represented by two galleries, Sea Oats gallery on St. George Island, and Wild Side gallery in Key West.