No one ever said it was going to be easy. As I spend a morning with a good friend and fellow artist I hear her say what I’ve voiced a million times in frustration, ‘This is so hard!’ Not the creating, not the art making. That part of things comes as natural to us as breathing. All the rest of it is the tough … Read More SO SAY WE ALL
Inspiration hits, I follow it through to a full-fledged idea and then, into the studio to make it a reality. If only that’s how it worked but…it’s not that simple. Alright, it sometimes happens that way but not nearly as often as I’d like. For the past number of months I’ve been exploring fresh ideas, experimenting a bit and developing new skills. My forms … Read More IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE
I wanted a part of my current sculpture project to be black. A black that wasn’t paint. A black that didn’t hide the fact the I was working with wood. A black that, from a distance, identifies form as a two dimensional silhouette. A black that was the wood and not something that sits on the surface. I wanted simplicity that also offered a sense of depth and … Read More Fire
I just finished three weeks out of the studio. Vacation is great, but man am I ever happy to be back on the tools. Actually I was ready to return to the studio about a week into the trip. I suspect if you were to ask, my husband could probably tell you the exact day based on my level of agitation. But hey, when you’re in the middle … Read More Spring Cleaning
Here’s what I already know. I know that when I’m working on a sculpture, getting ready for an exhibition or pursuing an idea I’m all-in. I eat, breath and sleep art…my art. The ideas come fast and furious, the days are too short and I live in one space, the studio. It feels like it will last forever, this all-encompassing arena of creativity. I warn … Read More In The Mean-Time
Without the art there is nothing to share, nothing to talk about, nothing to feel, nothing to connect us. Marketing, self-promotion, website development, brochures, social media posts, the list goes on and on. All of that is well-and-good and a necessary part of every artist’s career. Strip all of that away however and what remains is the studio. A solitary space that drives everything. The studio … Read More The Studio
I know you. Stood next to you among your brothers and sisters. Felt the same wind, sun, rain upon my skin. You know my inspiration. Have seen their face, heard their voice, felt their touch.
I love sculpting – in an obsessive, driven sort of way – but drawing brings its own kind of pleasure. In particular, the human form, the sweeping curve of a hip, the voluminous shadow cast by a breast, or the bright highlight on a forehead and cheek. All are reasons enough for a sculptor whose work has been typically non-figurative to draw the human … Read More Figure Drawing – why I do it
The following question was put to me by a subscriber in response to my previous post: How many people never complete their projects because unconsciously they have a fear that there won’t be something else to start on, or they don’t have a sense of direction that will propel them towards something and the sadness connected to completing something is hard to feel. How … Read More Some Things Are Too Good Not To Share
Where do I go from here? Creatively speaking I mean. I have been working on my Life Marker series for almost four years, tucking in other sculptural ideas and styles here and there, but now what? I could continue to focus on Life Markers; goodness knows life is giving me enough inspiration to draw from. The sculptures are beautiful, moving, and an extremely effective … Read More What’s Next?
Well, we missed the ferry this morning. Not missed exactly, because we were there and the ferry was there, but we were four vehicles (and one trailer) short of fitting. So, rather than spend an hour waiting for the next ferry and knowing we would miss our connector to Vancouver (which would mean another two-hour wait), we decided to leave the ferry line up, … Read More The Best Laid Plans
Four years ago this month I made the choice to pursue a lifelong dream. To sculpt full time, all day, every day. Since then I have exchanged high heels and designer clothes for work boots and carhartt overalls. Instead of an office I have a studio that smells of cedar. I used to spend my days with paperwork, emails and official documents. Now I … Read More Happy Anniversary!