I start my sculptures by drawing what I see in my imagination. From there, it’s the challenge of making my ideas come to life. I use aluminum, stainless steel, brass, and copper to construct my sculptures. I then add neon to create colorful illuminated lines for my metal shapes. Much of my work is lit from behind and uses the wall to create a backdrop of light, sometimes it’s with neon, but more and more, I’m using LED technology.
I studied neon with Christian Schiess and apprenticed to a neon sign glass bender in San Francisco. I then studied neon at the Portland School of Neon, and eventually set up my own neon studio in Oakland at the Ford Street Studios. I have a BFA in sculpture from Connecticut State College, where I created portfolios challenging classes from The California College of Arts and Crafts. I was able to create my own unique degree this way.
I began to receive commissions and sell my neon and metal sculptures, successfully running neon studio for many years. I moved to Santa Cruz and began to participate in Open Studios and that allowed me to gain exposure and sell my work. I have been lucky enough to receive many wonderful commissions from the Santa Cruz and Bay area community, as well as receiving numerous commissions from all over the country from my website. I previously made all my own neon; however, currently I’ve been experimenting with new lighting techniques using eco friendly LEDs which utilize only a fraction of the energy of neon.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Visual Arts, Charter Oak University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2008. Independent studies degree challenging California College of Arts and Crafts coursework.
I ran an independent neon studio for over 15 years, doing both corporate and private commissions.
Portland School of Neon Art and Glass Bending, Portland, Oregon, 1990. Advanced Neon and Glass bending techniques.
II Palazzo Enciclopedico, Biennale Arte 2012.
"Cirque de Sculpture", 2010, Scupture Site Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Wearable Sculpture competition (Grand Prize Winner!).
Santa Cruz Style Magazine, December 2013, Santa Cruz, CA.
Cover art, Art Calendar Magazine, January 2000.
Cover art, "Season of Art", Sentinel Spotlight article, October 1999.
"Shoreliner West", American Glass Review, May 1998.
"Shoreline Times Subtlety and Delicacy in Glass Show", June 1998.
"Strike a Pose: FashionART Celebrates Santa Cruz Style", Santa Cruz Sentinel, by Bonnie Horgos, September 29, 2013, Santa Cruz, CA.
"Luminescence", Luminescence Catalog, August 21 - October 6,2013, Santa Cruz, CA.
"Art: Views & Visions from the Global Village", Interviews, artworks, and photographs of more than 40 artists working with new technology. Written and edited by Nell Bernardz, publication date: 2002.
National Museum of Women Artists
Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild