My work, in both sculpture and painting, has always celebrated a richness of surface, texture and color with references to historical and cultural art-making traditions. This is demonstrated in my current ceramic work that explores and juxtaposes many differing vessel-making traditions and my newest series of watercolors that references objects made for the China Trade.
Most of my work is made in series. I enjoy manipulating and reconfiguring all of the formal and aesthetic elements of each work until I either exhaust their possibilities or, through exploration, discover a new interest and format. The themes of my painting and sculpture influence each other but sometimes they carry on independent lines of research.
Being a teacher in a major university influences my method of working because teaching demands the constant exploration and discussion of ideas and their methods of presentation.