My work is interwoven with the place and community where I live – in Algoma, Wisconsin where the Ahnapee River joins Lake Michigan. Here, the land, sky and water make an impression and remind me of my original home living close to a similar Eastern landscape not far from where the Mohawk and Hudson River come together. I take from these things a certain way of seeing and it comes up in my art work.. Natural materials are used – grasses, wood, stone, leaves, clay, plants and handmade paper – to express their own integrity. If the artwork could speak it would be about process. Sometimes I don’t totally understand what I do, but the understanding comes later from the piece itself.. How the materials are used can be symbolic – like the hoops formed from willow which frame the piece; it is a circle or mandala.
Now that I have grown older I see a greater simplicity in what I see and do. There is an appreciation for the most simple subtle leaf pattern as well as a reckoning with being part of the experience of living close to the ever changing life and death cycle in Nature which is precious and sacred.