Artist statement:
The decorative results of ornamentation and the innate harmony of geometry are the foundation of my artistic exploration. Attention to the surface allows for a wide range of patterning effects as well as investigations of color and scale. My color palettes reflect different historical artists such as Hokusai, Winslow Homer and William Morris and my selection of patterns seeks to be relevant to the artist or at least an appropriate cultural time frame. This is however always meant to be evocative, rather than explicit. The juxtaposition of a thoroughly modern material with historical referencing brings the past to the present and the present into contact with the past. The inherent balance of most geometric form offers classically derived structure for my richly adorned surfaces.


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Chardin Divided Sebo Brooch
2009; 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3/8”
polymer, acrylic, mica powder


Hokusai Cupola Brooch
2010, 2.375"H x 2.375"W x .375"D Polymer, acrylic, mica powder
Wm. Morris Sebo Brooch
2009; 2 ½” x 2 ½” x ¼
polymer, acrylic, mica powder

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Wm. Morris-W. Homer Reversible Disk Necklace
Side A Detail

Wm. Morris color scheme, 2010, 14"H x 14"W x .125"D Polymer, acrylic, silk
Bonnard Disk Collar Necklace
2009; 14” x 14” x 1/8”  
polymer, acrylic, silk


Wm. Morris-W. Homer Reversible Disk Necklace
Side B

W. Homer color scheme, 2010, 14"H x 14"W x .125"D Polymer, acrylic, silk


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Hokusai
“Circle in Square” Brooch

2007; 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” x 1/8”
polymer, ink, acrylic

Winslow Homer
Two Part Brooch

2009; 2 ½” x 2 ½” x ½”
polymer, acrylic, mica powder

Bonnard Cupola Brooch
2010, 2.375"H x 2.375"W x .375"D Polymer, acrylic, mica powder

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Wm. Morris Three Layer Transfer Brooch
2010, 1.375"H x 2.5"W x .2”D Polymer, acrylic, ink, mica
Whistler Bead Necklace
2007; 16” L
polymer, acrylic, mica powder


Detail of
Whistler Bead Necklace

2007; 20 mm beads
polymer, acrylic, mica powder


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Vermeer Botanical Brooch
2007; 3” x 1 ½” x 1/8”
polymer, ink, acrylic, mica powder

Array of Disk Necklaces
2008-2009; 44” x ¾” x 1/8”
polymer, acrylic, glass, nylon


Winslow Homer
Leaping Fish Brooch

2002; 2 3/8” x 1 5/8”x 1/8”
polymer, ink

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Wm. Morris Bead Necklace
2008; 18”
polymer, acrylic, mica powder

Detail of
Wm. Morris Bead Necklace

2008; 20mm beads
polymer, acrylic, mica powder

Hokusai Bamboo Bracelet
2003; 1 ½”x 5/8” x ¼”
polymer, metal leaf, ink



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Winslow Homer
Mini Disks Necklace

2007; 18” L
polymer, acrylic



Monet Silver Leaves Bracelet
2005; 1 ½” x 5/8” x ¼”
polymer, metal leaf, acrylic


Group of Divided Sebo Brooches
2009; each 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3/8”
polymer, acrylic, mica powder

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Hokusai Divided Sebo Brooch
2009; 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3/8”
polymer, acrylic, mica powder

Chardin Bead Necklace
2009; 18” overall
polymer, acrylic, mica powder


Detail of
Chardin Bead Necklace

2009; 18” overall
polymer, acrylic, mica powder


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Monet Bangle Bracelets
2005; 3” x 3” x 1 ¼”
polymer, acrylic

Hokusai Leaves Brooch
2002; 1 ½ “x 2 ½” x 1/8”
polymer, ink, acrylic


Chardin Big Disks Necklace
2008; 52” L
polymer, acrylic

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Calendar of Events:

CraftNewYork, New York, NY, March 30-April 1, 2012
http://www.artrider.com/CNY11.html

ACC- Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, February 24-26, 2012
http://shows.craftcouncil.org/baltimore

CraftNewYork, New York, NY, April 1-3, 2011
http://www.artrider.com/CNY11.html 

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show,  November 11-14, 2010 
http://pmacraftshow.org/index.php 




About polymer and techniques:
Polymer is a relatively new synthetic modeling compound. It is similar to acrylic paint but in a solid form. Polymer comes in a full spectrum of colors, but my color palettes are custom blends. Because of their mutual compatibility, polymer creates a permanent bond with the acrylic pigments I apply to its surface. It models like clay, drapes like cloth and fires at a low temperature into a strong and durable state.

Many of my specific techniques are related to those used for fabric. Using handmade silk screens and block imprints, I print long, thin sheets of color blended polymer with acrylic pigments. I also can create patterns with image transfers. Often several techniques are combined. Each swath of patterned polymer becomes unique unto itself. This ornamented expanse of polymer is then used alone or in conjunction with coordinated sheets to create individual pieces. My methods of construction often involve layering, folding and weaving which serve to enhance the textile-like effect.

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