Art has been a part of my life for a very long time. My Mom used to take me down the street to a neighbor’s house for art lessons when I was in 2nd grade. In fifth grade, I remember tracing the Sunday comics … then coloring them in with all the wrong colors, drawing outside the lines. 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 lot of time 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. Finally decided to learn to weld and 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.