ABOUT I've been working in mosaic since 1996. A hobby, with a focus on home decor, grew into an exploration of artistic self-expression. While self-taught in the early years, in 2006 I began traveling for study with mosaic masters and teachers, both national and international. Although I have worked with many materials, both traditional and contemporary, I have an affinity for natural stone and minerals, and traditional mosaic glass, known as smalti, and gold.
My work is primarily abstract and material-driven more than design-driven. I am attracted to the freedom and spontaneity that abstract art allows me. I draw as little as possible so that my process is not overly subject to a design conceived prior to what I consider to be my primary creative activity, which is the physical handling of materials and building of the mosaic. It usually takes months for me to create a mosaic, and working abstractly lets me be inspired by the materials and open to the energies and conditions in the present moment. In this way, I create a work that is reflective of a period of time — that is a testament to time lived during its creation.
While my execution technique is grounded in traditional methods and tools, my work is contemporary and exploratory. I enjoy working in series and have several that have been ongoing for years. (More information about my series is available here.) However, I most often find an impulse to do something out-of-series, with no intention of doing anything like it again.