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Artist's Statement

I love to do physical things; I love to cook, garden, dance, do yoga, take walks in the woods and make art. I think this is why blacksmithing appeals to me so much; it is very physical.

The shapes and patterns I see around me during the walks in the woods inspire me. I enjoy making things that swirl, twist, wrap and open up. I like things chunky, funky, bumpy, clumpy and loose.

When I work I start out with a plan but then follow what the material wants me to do. Each piece is a collaboration between my ideas and the voice of the material. This collaboration produces surprises and inspiration and keeps me coming back for more.