Mixed media collage
16" x 20"
Taking a little break from my clay work I have delved into cut and painted paper collage. While new to this medium I find that many of the skills and habits that I have developed over my career as a ceramic artist come through in this new work. Most of the time, I have no sense of direction but allow the materials to direct me. Amazing things happen when abstractly painted pieces of painted paper come together and begin to form a narrative. I often find myself falling in love with the brush or pallet knife strokes and marks that I make on the paper.
My training as a potter and ceramic artist began in 1971 when I attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School. After more than 25 years as a limited-production potter with accounts coast-to-coast, I started to move beyond the classic designs that I had become known for and explore sculpted tiles. The tile format is the perfect canvas to receive simple as well as multi-layered designs. Each new piece that I create is a discovery of new techniques that I can apply to landscapes, animal and botanical studies. I never know where the clay is taking me, but it is a fascinating ride.