I love watching a three-dimensional shape emerge in my hands and turn into an objet d’art! I’ve been creating sculptures with steel, bronze and aluminum for 14 years. My newest creative passion is clay; compared to metal it moves so easily! Now, for the Eccentric Artists Garden Show, I am combining both mediums.
As both a sculptor and a gardener my love of that three-dimensional emergence extends to my gardens. My previous garden is a visually cluttered shade garden set against the quaint backdrop of my 104-year-old house and an even older log cabin. It's a collaboration between nature and my art, where at times I feel I am only a caretaker. It is a place for magic and mystery that allows those who enter a chance to touch and participate in that magic.
Now I’ve moved up to the mountains (at 7000 feet), and I'm learning to create in a completely different environment from my city garden. This place of fierce winds and hungry deer is more challenging to the gardener so I’ve begun by planting steel and clay sculptures. Some of the pieces have small depressions in them that I fill with birdseed. I like watching the interactions between the birds and the chipmunks as they climb all over my structures.
These pieces add an architectural element to the garden year-round, subtle displays of human presence throughout the natural environment. They are xeric requiring very little maintenance! The images are based on natural forms combining elements of both plants and animals placed on a steel base. They are fired at cone 10 which makes the clay hard enough to withstand the range of Colorado temperatures year-round.
The sculptures I created for my previous garden ranged from small metal goddesses clad only in beads to butterfly and fairy chairs, star-chasing angels, and a playful life-size steel man named Rusty, with punctuations of decorative mirrors, gazing balls, glass rocks for color, gauze curtains and twine-ball lights. I continue to create the reliefs and other fine art sculptures that I exhibit through galleries in Colorado and New Mexico. And my latest garden is revealing new directions for my creative energies, both in sculpture and gardening.
67 Hawk Lane
Boulder, CO 80304