I grew up with a mother who loved finding treasures at estate sales and flea markets, and who was in the antique business. Through her, I developed a love of old, unique, and interesting things. I collected such things for many years with the intent that one day I’d create something from them. That day finally came, and I’ve been incorporating found objects into my artwork ever since.
My process usually begins with a few objects which inspire me; I’ll start combining them with other things from my collection. When something “fits,” I’ll take that as an indication of the direction the piece needs to go. Sometimes I feel like I’m a conduit through which disparate items come together
in a way that makes aesthetic or poetic sense to me. My process is intuitive and often involves serendipity and chance.
My latest work represents the evolution of my process, as I have moved from creating free standing found object sculptures to my current pieces: wall panels that hang like paintings but retain a 3-D element. In these, I use found objects to create pattern and texture in an attempt to activate an overall visual field. However, I find I still go back to creating free-standing assemblages when I come across an object which inspires me in that direction. And lately I've gotten back into drawing, which I've always enjoyed doing.