Artist's Statement

Do you remember feeling that magical, mystical wonder you had as a child?  Perhaps it was the first time you saw snow, went to your favorite theme park, or laughed with your friends as you ran through the sprinklers in summer.  Maybe you remember holding yourself still and breathless when a butterfly landed on your fingertips and you didn’t want to break the spell.  Remember those Tingling, Bright, Lyrical, Blissful, sensations that filled you up, put a twinkle in your eye and a spark in your soul?

THAT feeling is what I strive to infuse into my creations.  It is the feeling I want to give you when I create a unique work of art for you.  The feeling I look for in your face when you notice that little detail or whimsical aspect of my work and I see your eyes light up and a smile cross your face.

THAT feeling, the delight and excitement, is what I want you to experience when I teach you a craft or artistic technique and you watch your own creations emerge into the world.

My passion is to create works of art that bring joy.

That’s it.  Although I may venture in to serious works here and there, I’m usually not out to give you a deep message or meaning through my creations. I just want you to take that leap into joy and happiness for a bit!  I believe that, in and of itself, helps to create a better world.  Go ahead – run through the sprinklers!

My goals are to inspire; to help others remember their dreams and reach for them, to teach in creative ways that build confidence and knowledge rather than just “a project”.  I value honesty, kindness, continuous self-improvement, and respect.  I also believe in doing my best to be a good steward of our beautiful planet, and try incorporate the most environmentally friendly and sustainable products I can find for use in my creations and their production.

My mission is to change lives through encouragement, support and education. Of particular concern to me are domestic violence issues, racism, and prejudice against those in our society who might not fit in to our narrow definitions of cultural norms.

I believe that creating art and crafting can provide therapy, build confidence, teach patience, and perhaps allow us to see each other a bit more kindly as we create together and let our imaginations mingle and soar.