Although I have been painting for a number of years, until recently I have referred to myself as a ceramic artist because my canvas consists of textured flat ceramic tiles. My lifelong love of both two-dimensional design and clay has manifested itself in my creating a new way to look at both ceramic art and painting. The result is fully realized paintings that happen to be fired in a raku kiln. Adding to this mix, I play with the space within the picture plane and create spatial illusions, bringing another element to my work as important as the composition of my subject matter. The result is a unique interplay of two and three dimensions. My artwork hangs in museums and public, private and corporate collections worldwide.
I design my work, arrangements of hand-rolled and textured raku-fired tiles mounted on acrylic or wood, as free hanging wall pieces. While some are composed of square tiles, more often I work with parallelogram-shaped tiles, which I arrange into architectural compositions that have a trompe l’oeil illusion of three-dimensional form. Part of the magic in viewing my finished work is watching how the colors and lustre glazes which contrast with the velvety, smoke-blackened clay, catch the light, causing each piece to change as the light shifts.