My background is as an illustrator of science and information graphics, and my chosen medium is pen or brush and black ink. The ability to draw influences and drives my metalwork, and after more than 10 years as a practicing metals artist, I am approaching the place where I can combine both artistic disciplines.
My way of being is about decisive order. I don’t like mushy or soft. I crave clarity and logic. In my 2D work, a line is very decisive — on the white paper, it is black. A decision must be made before the mark is made, and the feeling behind the line drives its direction. It can flow freely into the open or enclose a space and contain, but it is still a black mark on a white page. This decisiveness also translates to my 3D work — textured or smooth; metal or stone; on or under; out or in; contained or open — black or white.
In my recent pieces, a fascination with cladistics — the scientific method of classifying species of organisms into groups in a linear graphic — has led me to collect and contain a wide variety of jewelry materials into works that exhibit logical relationships. Much like an evolutionary biologist, I examine, gather, group, and describe with sketches, models and notes before I touch metal. Until I feel certain there is a logic to the assembled group, I continue to observe and think. When I am confident it is right for me, I make the object.