Ever-advancing my skills and perspective, I thrive on creating solutions for site specific and custom works. Sparking conversations and inspiring the imagination, with a vision that cannot be taught, and must be personally experienced is what I strive for in all of my work.
I love paradoxes and possibilities - embracing the juxtaposition of contrasting elements. Like the patterns of an oriental carpet I juggle the geometric and biomorphic. The fractal rhythms in nature and manmade marching across the landscape all find their way into my work.
I started working in pastels on a whim and I fell in love with the tactile nature of the medium. Heavily influences by Edgar Degas, Matisse and Renoir, I worked hard to develop my own personal style. I use additive and subtractive processes to create as much textural interplay as possible.
I left the U of O art department in 1972 to do an apprenticeship at F&G Stained Glass. I then studied art at Western Oregon University (OCE back then) and started doing commission stained glass. I studied with acclaimed German designer Ludwig Schaffrath, in 1978 at the Pilchuck Glass School.
In 1981, I was fortunate to get in on the ground floor of the Kiln Formed Fused Glass Movement. As one of the founding pioneers of the process, I wrote “The Fused Glass Handbook” and “Kiln Crafting.” The pieces featured in the gallery are just a few of my explorations with this captivating craft.
This is a fun technique that involves making sheets of glass out of powdered glass frit then allowing it to form “crackle” patterns.
Since 1981, I have been trying to expand what can be said with kiln formed glass. Some are using vitreous enamels, others are made with my Liquid Stringer material that allows one to draw with dimensional glass. Several are manipulated and shaped while they are at 1350 degrees inside of the kiln.
Using glass as a transmitted material opens up a whole spectrum of possibilities. I have always enjoyed designing and building custom lighting. These examples are from Noodle Heads Restaurant, The Greenwood Inn, The Broadway Building and the Heathman Hotel in Portland, OR.
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