Horse Sculptures, Braided Baskets, Prints, Cards, Artists' Books and more
“I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another.” This is something another artist said, but it holds true for me as well. Although I am interested in all the “big topics,” I prefer to let my artwork develop from my personal situation, working with materials I can find or have already at hand. I am fascinated with the island I live on and try to find ways to incorporate images and natural material in my work.
I have long been obsessed with horses, both as the wonderful creatures they are and as symbols and images in art. My horse sculptures have grown out of long history of collecting (and creating, beginning with modeling clay ponies in grade school) miniature horses in a variety of media, from reproduction Tang horses to Navajo and Zuni stone fetish horses. As well as enjoying the way that each one develops its’ own character as I create it, I also relish working with the materials– - wonderful fabrics, wire and fur.
I love baskets, for their practical use, history and as symbols and images in art. My braided fabric baskets began as a simple way to use up leftover materials, and quickly became a craft form that interested me deeply. I love choosing colors that work together, threads to sew them with, and decorative embellishments to accent the finished product.
My book arts have developed from a long love of reading and writing combined with a desire to work in three dimensions - four, if you count time as well! My interests are eclectic and range over many topics. One day I may be creating a book with pages made of hand-made paper and the next I might be working with stone, or bark, or glass. My writings are primarily semi-autobiographical poetry. Many of my books are unique sculptural objects but I also create many limited edition books as well as cards.