Artist Statement

One often hears musicians describing their childhood as being filled with music and being surrounded by musicians. My story is similar except that I came from a family of makers. While Mom was making clothes and knitting blankets Dad was welding trailers and repairing cars. And all the kids joined in. My parents and grandparents did teach me some basic making skills, but more importantly instilled in me the desire to make things with my hands. Somewhere buried in that desire lies the motivation to make things with moving parts.

Flirting with both electronic and mechanical devices throughout my life has provided both the background and experience needed to assemble electromechanical devices. This does not mean it all comes together easily. The electronics landscape is always changing and the mechanical features have their own challenges, so each new piece becomes a learning experience. Now as an Artist, I challenge myself to move from rough assemblage to the aesthetically pleasing. In developing kinetic sculpture the details of balance, color, and space are valued just as in static art, but the aesthetics of motion also add to the sculpture.