My career as an artist and art educator began so long ago that it is truly hard to think clearly about the beginnings. I have been making pots since 1968 when in high school, and continued making pieces for nearly 50 years. Recently the pottery making has been replaced by one of my earliest loves - painting in watercolor and acrylics/oils.
The brush making began about 25 years ago when I had a dear friend – Glen Grishkoff - come to my college and present a brush making workshop with my pottery students. I made a few brushes that I used to decorate my own work, but enjoyed the “making” so much that it quickly grew into “too many brushes for one studio!” On a visit one day to my studio, a former student said "Are you ever gonna start selling these dummy??" Since that fateful day when the light bulb finally came on, the brush making business has taken on a life of its own, and I am thankful for that.
I retired about 7 years ago after 34 years as an Art/Ceramics Professor, and much has changed having moved to a more solitary and quiet life in my own studio at home. There is little doubt that I learned far more from my students over those teaching years than I may have taught to them, and I still look back with great gratitude to that phase of my life and the lessons they generously taught me
My pots have always been a curiosity and sort of a mystery to me - I want them to work well and be good functional "friends" in your kitchen for sure! - but - my first concern is always the art and design of each piece. This dichotomy has at times been hard for me, but has also been the spark that keeps me working.
This strange dichotomy has continued into my brush making as well. YES I want them to be valued tools in your studio that work as well or better than any of your other brushes - but I also strive to make each one as a tiny piece of sculpture with all the design considerations and artistic merit that I can.
My painting of recent years has reopened an early chapter of my Art career and it is a wonderful new/old way to challenge my creative mind and skill sets. Art has been a tremendous blessing as well as a savored career. My hope is that my brushes, paintings and pots can help you find clarity and direction on your own path in the Arts.
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Thanks for your visit to the site and your interest in my work.