Why dragonflies? Why dragonfly sculptures? Dragonflies are a symbol of metamorphosis; they are born in water and then move into the air. They also change color as they mature. As I transitioned to being an artist, the metaphor was appealing. I had visions of dragonfly sculptures – much as I build them now – for years, long before I knew how to weld, sculpt or fuse glass. It took some time – and about a dozen tries – to achieve something close to my vision (it’s the red dragonfly sculpture you can see here and every one I made since then). And, continuing the spirit of transition, the dragonflies are themselves a means to an end, helping me learn techniques and materials that move me into different areas of exploration and artistic expression.