Sculpting for me is a combination of deep meditation and problem solving. I often look at my watch and see that five or six hours have gone by in what seems a half hour's time.
I find that the ideas for my works come out of dreams and day dreams. I try to always have a pencil and small sketch book handy. While sculpting an idea from a sketch- faces, expressions, line, lyricism, along with the dramatic play of light and shadows, emerge and inspire one another. I find it to be a magical process of the "eyes teaching the hands".
With a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance, my careers in the opera world and currently musical theater greatly influence the dramatic elements of what my eyes want to see in a piece as I'm creating it.
My mother was a singer, dancer and painter. One of my earliest remembrances, was captured in a photograph taken by my father. I was three years old and my mother was painting at an easel on the back patio of our house. She said that I would try to stand next to her and want to draw or crayon on the canvas but her easel was too high and I was too small. The photograph is of my mother at her easel and me standing beside her, crayon in hand "creating" on my own small easel that they had bought for me, on our back patio. My father was a great encourager of us both.