M.F.A. Kent State University. Kent, Oh. 1986
B.A. cum laude. Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland, Oh. 1972
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant. November, 1987
National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Apprentice Grant. 1981
Teaching Assistant and Staff Member at the Pilchuck Glass School. Stanwood Wa. Summers 1980 to 1987
Faculty Arts Dept. Ohlone College. Fremont, Ca. July 1979
Presentation on The Storytellers at the Phoenix Rising Conference. Dominican University. San Rafael, Ca. 2000 - 2004
Presentation on Avanyu to 2 Third Grade Classes at Hawthorne School. Oakland, Ca. 2003
Presentation on Raven and the Travellers. C. G. Jung Institute. San Francisco, Ca. 2000
Columnist for The Artists Dialogue, a bimonthly publication of the Marin Arts Council. 1992-1997
The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. 2003
Commonweal Gallery. Bolinas, Ca. 2003
“Interpretations: 8 Artists & The Figure.” The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. 2005
Commonweal Gallery Reunion. Commonweal Gallery. Bolinas, Ca. 2004
Winter Show. The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. Dec. 2 – Jan. 9, 2005
“Mythic Imagination in the Modern World.” I. T. A. Conference Gallery Show. Palm Springs, Ca. 2004
Winter Show. The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. 2004
“Animal Heat.” Gallery Route One. Pt. Reyes, Ca. 1998
Marin Arts Council Membership Shows. Corte Madera, Ca. 1991 thru 1997
“String Art Show.” College of Marin Gallery. Kentfield, Ca. 1991
2Person Show – Wood Sculpture. Lidija Grzac Gallery. San Anselmo, Ca. 1990
Group Show: Glass Sculptors. Contemporary Crafts Gallery. Portland Or. 1988
Group Show: Sculpture. Robert Kidd Gallery. Birmingham, Mi. 1987
“Glass Sculpture National.” Traver-Sutton Gallery. Seattle Wa. 1985
“Pilchuck Glass.” Traver-Sutton Gallery. Seattle Wa. 1984, 1983, 1981
“Diversities 1983.” Designs Recycled Gallery. Fullerton, Ca. 1983
“Art Glass.” San Francisco Co-op Gallery. 1982
“Picture Windows: Five Artists.” College of Marin Gallery. Kentfield, Ca. 1981
“Working With Glass.” Triton Museum. Santa Clara, Ca. 1980
Inquiring Mind (Journal) 20th Anniversary Issue Oct-Dec. 2003 pg.37
Goddess (Book) Stewart,Tabori & Chang Publishers 1997 pg.132
Corning New Glass Review 7 Corning Museum of Glass Publication Spring 1986
Author “Tesselations: How They were Created” Stained Glass Magazine Vol.72 No.3 Fall 1977
by stray bullets during township unrest in Soweto. No name or picture accompanied the article but I could not get her out of my mind. Who will tell her story I wondered? From that moment on the focus of my work has been investigating the world of Storytellers and their stories. It was 1983.
I worked then in glass, went to wood and eventually to animal bone, a particularly appropriate material as some say that “the stories of the Old Ones live on in our very bones.”
First I made faces of these storytellers, then figures using myths and legends from literature. I developed an interest in culturally meaningful stories from all over and sought out oral storytellers. I now begin a sculpture with a vague sense of who it is and learn in process its character and purpose. I have learned to trust that the story will come to me. Each sculpture is accompanied by a short written version of its story, an original composition, hung next to the piece. In person I sometimes tell a longer version when invited to do so.
Elements of Oceanic, African, Native American and Celtic culture inform my work.Stories teach us who we are. Stories invite imagination and imagination opens up possibilities. Good storytellers can cross the boundaries between the worlds. They are guides to what is both familiar and truly mysterious, as the stories they tell simultaneously seem utterly new yet deeply ancient.
I'll illustrate with a story. A friend brought a troubled, mostly silent teenager to see my work. He got curious, began investigating the figures, their symbols, their stories. He began to talk, not about the art but about himself. Something opened for him. It's a longer story but for now one about a boy who begins to share his story because he saw something of himself in these mythic stories. This is why I do this work. This is what I pursue — the power of stories to enlarge us, to connect us, to surprise us, to transform us. My figures are alive to me, caught in the act of storytelling.
My gift is that I am a vehicle for this Mystery to be made manifest, in some part, in physical form in the shape of The Storytellers. My mission is to bring The Storytellers forward introducing them to as many circles and communities as I can reach. I believe they have a healing presence and serve to help restore balance to our wounded world.