When I was a child I didn't spend much time indoors. In fact, Mom didn't see me until the 6 pm firehouse whistle blew in the little town we lived in. It was shear heaven getting myself good and lost around our pristine Lake George in upstate New York. Pretending I was a magical being of the woods felt oddly familiar and comforting to me. If I wasn't combing the shores of the lake for rocks and twigs, I was climbing a tree or jumping off boulders into the chilly dark water. I was princess to all inhabitants of the forest. In my enchanted world I curiously studied the odd shapes of mushrooms and soft green moss, tree bark formation and lines in the sand created by rushing water. I built elaborate sand castles by the shore but instead of using a bucket for a form I’d use my skinny little fingers to create rippled curved walls. I expressed myself through magical formations even at that early age.
In fact, I am still fascinated to this day that in nature, one would be hard pressed to find a straight line with the exception of a warm horizon at sunset or a ray of light from behind a silvery cloud. I was definitely not a straight line.
Now I’m all grown up and still roaming in nature. Yet I've adapted to a more southern surrounding on magical Lake Santa Fe in Melrose Florida. My husband John who is also an artist, and I enjoy walking our three pups under the tangled oaks covered with Spanish moss. When not in the woods, we spend precious time at our little bungalow in St. Augustine. That is where my latest inspirations take place. Spending time at the beach especially in the evening is simply enchanting. Once again I study the lines in the sand even though the lines are now formed by the might of ocean waves. Inspiration for sculpture surrounds me amidst the sea and sand. There is much beauty to take in through our five senses. Yet it is my sixth sense that allows me to bring back my fantasies from my childhood in the forest to my work in the mud. In my studio I allow for the things unseen to enhance the things that are seen. I'm grateful for the experience of creation. I am grateful for creating. Now when I play in the mud, all that I learned from the woods and the waters comes back to me like it was yesterday. I've come full circle and I am blessed.