As I reflect on the world that touches my life, my art is simply an extension of my thoughts. I invite you to connect and to join our dialogue.
I am a Colorado ceramics sculptor. As a storyteller, I build bodies of original work centered on a theme and an emotional take-away. Through abstraction, exaggeration and distortion, I capture the character and mood of the piece, creating a surreal yet expressionistic quality. When I integrate a series of pieces together, conversations seem to happen!
My medium is paper clay. Its flexibility, lightness and strength allow me to sculpt unique characters infused with energy and movement. My sculptures are built with thin slabs of clay similar to a hollow vessel, from the bottom up. Patterned, textured surface treatments and color expand the dynamics of the pieces.
Over the past decade, I have had the privilege to study with some of the most recognized ceramics sculptors who greatly influenced my work. They included Deborah Fritts, Esther Shimazu, Arthur Gonzalez, Richard Notkin, Claudia Alvarez, Brad Miller, Del Harrow, Peter Durst, Jeff Wenzel and other noted artists. The Anderson Ranch, The Medocino Art Center, Santa Fe Clay, the Art Students League of Denver and La Napoule in the French Rivera provided the creative and supportive environments in which my art could flourish.
Webster College - St. Louis, Missouri : Master of Arts: Interrelated Arts for Children
International University of Art - Florence, Italy: Italian Art History
University of Denver - Denver, Colorado: Elementary Education Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin: Bachelor of Science: Art Major
Inspired by my love of art and community out-reach, for over 30 years I designed my career path to follow these passions. The foundation began with my studies in art at the University of Wisconsin and my Master’s work in Interrelated Arts for Children from Webster College, leading to teaching in the public schools as an art consultant and producing participatory exhibits for kids in museums.
In the mid-90s, I held the position of director of a grassroots, multi-cultural museum. In 2000, I became the Executive Director of the Art Students League of Denver, holding the position for twelve years. As the school flourished, it evolved into a close community of artists and a recognized arts organization in Denver and the mountain states region. Its mission focused on having each student reach his or her highest potential in the fine arts.
Currently I am fulfilling my life-long dream of being a full time sculptor.
Professional Work History: Select Positions
2012 - PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
2000-2011 ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF DENVER: Executive Director
1995-2000 MIZEL MUSEUM OF JUDAICA: Director
1991-1995 ALLIED JEWISH APARTMENTS: Community & Public Relations / Volunteer Director
1988-1991 ANOTHER PRODUCTION COMPANY: Video Marketing / Producer
1987-1988 FREELANCE: Exhibit and Display Consultant / Producer
1983-1987 DESIGN DYNAMICS/EXHIBITS: Account Executive
1982-1983 CENTER FOR IDEA ART: Director of Development
1978-1982 INDEPENDENT PRODUCER: Producer, Interactive Children's Exhibits
Clients included: Children's Museum of Denver, Denver Museum of Science and History (Natural History Museum), Central Agency for Jewish Education, Georgetown Historical Society