After two decades in the very left brain field of law, I went outside my comfort zone and signed up for a glass art class in 2003. I hadn't really thought of myself as being very artistic. Working with my hands and being creative felt pretty unnatural to me. At the time I never imagined I would be selling my work just a few years later.
What began as a journey of self-exploration and curiosity blossomed into a new career path and life pursuit. I am convinced we are all creative, some discover it as children, others carry the "I'm not artistic" conviction to their graves. I see now how I was always an artist at heart and am so thankful I discovered my creative side. I love the clarity of mind and meditative calm I experience when creativity is flowing. I’m also intrigued by where my creativity will lead me and how I can challenge myself to push beyond my imagined boundaries.
I love the complexity glass presents as a medium. We buy it in sheets, frit, stringers, powder and billets; we work it cold or molten hot; we cast it, slump it, manipulate it when torchworked or cut it into stained glass. It can be shiny or matte, transparent or opaque; easy and predictable or fickle and frustrating. The possible textures, colors, forms and techniques seem infinite. Every kiln firing offers the chance to experiment, the potential for failure and the possibility of unexpected stunning results.
I'm an experimenter at heart and as long as glass keeps surprising and challenging me, I'll keep working with it as an artist.
Philomath Open Studio Tour Host Studio- 2014 - 2016
LaSell Stewart Center "Glass Act" May, 2015
Invited Artist, Corvallis Fall Festival 40th Anniversary Fine Art Showcase, 2011
Invited Artist, Middlebury College Alumni Show, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, 2011
Invited Artist, 2010 Lake Oswego Chronicle Exhibit
Invited Artist, 2009 Corvallis Fall Festival Fine Art Showcase
Invited Artist, 2008 Art in the Pearl Collaborations Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland Oregon
Invited Artist, 2008 Philomath Open Studios Tour
Invited Artist, Corvallis Art Center community glass artist display July, 2008
Art in the High Desert, Bend OR - Juried Artist, 2009, 2010
Salem Art Fair and Festival, Salem OR- Juried Artist, 2009, 2010
Corvallis Fall Festival, Corvallis, OR-Juried Artist, 2008 – 2011,
Corvallis Fall Festival Best of Show Award, 2008
TEAL Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative Gallery Corvallis, OR - Juried Member, 2006 – 2015
Earthworks Gallery, Yachats/Newport, OR
Catherine Newell- Working without Expectation 2015
Keri Minnick - Realism to Abstraction 2013
Bullseye Glass Portland Oregon- Numerous Workshops
Amy Schleif-Mohr - High Fire and Color Theory – 2006
Patty Gray - Advanced Fused Bowls, Eugene Glass School, 2005
Oregon State University Craft Center Fused Glass Program, various classes 2003-present
BA Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont
JD University of Wisconsin Law School