Art has been a part of my life for a very long time. I’m sure other artists that really pursue it as a career or passion have similar stories – I’m not special (just unique!). My Mom used to take me down the street to a neighbor’s house for art lessons when I was about 7 years old. In fifth grade, I remember tracing the Sunday comics … then coloring them in with all the wrong colors (purple faces were popular), drawing outside the lines and other mayhem. My favorite toys were the ones that allowed you to make stuff: Vac-u-forms, Creepy Crawlers, Lincoln Logs, Play-Doh (loved that extruder!), Erector Sets and more. I spent a endless hours building model cars (Ed “Big Daddy” Roth kits were popular) and took a lot of shop classes in Jr. and Sr. High School. While I finished my engineering degree, I took years of ceramics classes (more girls in the Fine Arts building!) and then married a potter (now mosaic artist).
I finally decided to learn metalworking and how to make sculptures.
And here we are.
I have a deep curiosity. I love problem solving and having projects, building things. There are many similarities between engineering and art, particularly if you want to build a sculpture or piece of art that will last. You develop skills and a craft. You figure out what it means to be an artist.