I was born and raised where I currently live near Trumansburg, NY, surrounded by woods, fields, and waterfalls that are inspiration for much of my artwork. After earning an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois, I returned home to begin renovation on our 19th century family barn. Setting aside art-making for several years, I focused on converting the barn into a home and art studio.
Years later I wrote and illustrated The Barn Story, a graphic memoir detailing the process of converting the barn. In illustrating the adventure story, I created a cartoon action figure to use as a surrogate to demonstrate how I accomplished the makeover. The spiral-bound book is a numbered edition of 200 and comes in a barn-shaped box that echoes the content and structure of the barn itself.
My career began with woodcarving and it occupies a significant place in my life, along with pursuits in mask-making, writing and lecturing. However, for the past number of years I’ve been working in the medium of mosaic. Nature is the recurring theme and within that a repeating “house” configuration.
In 1999-2000, with three other artists, I helped establish the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, now managed by CAP, as a way of encouraging and facilitating artists and community to engage. I’m pleased to be back on the trail and welcoming visitors to the studio.