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As is the case for many contemporary artists, my central image of the sacred is the connection between my own physical body and the earth and her elements.· This was evident early on in the childhood photo which shows me blissfully immersed in the sand, unconcerned about dirty hands and soggy drawers: I began to sculpt before I could think. And still, in my professional work, the media (stone, charcoal, clay, metal) and the body interplay.
After my first long sojourn in Italy, the day before I was to return to the U.S., I sat in a sunny park in Pietrasanta near my alley apartment and closed my eyes. Nearly instantly, I felt long tendrils of roots burrowing from my feet deeply into the Italian soil: my family roots, my artistic heritage, marble dust, earth, light and bone in humbling but comforting connection.
I cultivate this sort of imagination as a method of knowing and as a way of responding to reality.· This can be psychologically demanding as it encompasses both the darker and more cheerful aspects of existence.· But mostly, such powerful images revitalize me, leaving me infused with nutrients for sustaining the rigors of the creative process.
My work has been in numerous juried exhibits, galleries, and fine art festivals since 1998 in communities ranging from the western U.S. to Costa Rica. The pieces can now be seen in private collections, in public galleries and museum shops, and internationally, adorning powerful, elegant women around the world.