Empress Shell (Serpentine)
I began my art career as a
ceramicist over 30 years ago with my studies at the Seaward
Ceramic School in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. Growing
up in Seattle fostered my appreciation for the natural environment,
and I have always sought to bring this to my artwork.
While teaching ceramics at Santa Barbara
City college in California, I discovered my love for sculpting.
In addition to my own work, I assisted Donald Davis, an
Italian marble sculptor of world renown, on numerous projects
from 1977-1984. From 1978-1988, I worked with sculptor Todd
Andrews enlarging small models to monumental size in T.A.S.C.O.,
a company we started in 1980. We worked in every sculpting
medium and with artists from all over the world, including
Arnoldo Pomodoro, Richard McDonald, and Malcolm Alexander.
In 1988, Paul Lindhard invited me to
rent a studio at Art City in Ventura, California where I
could concentrate on my own carving in addition to the occasional
commission for monumental works and bronze castings. In
1995, I was a featured artist in an award-winning documentary
on Art city by Donna Granata. Since joining Art city, I
have shown work on a continuing basis in the Art city gallery,
the salon, and the showroom. I also participate in international
shows and my work is held in collections in Europe and the