My work is defined by love for nature and community. I think of the installations as portals that transport viewers. Bright and cheerful colors are an important element of my work. My murals are touchable art – reflective of light and shiny smooth. Ceramics lend themselves well to the environment. The surface is vitreous; it withstands frost and sunshine and thetouch of many exploring hands.
Arthropods in Bloom, SagePoint Elemetary School, Moses Lake, WA
This 2013 project was made possible throuh Washington State's Art in Public Places Program.
I created and installed a series of endemic insect and flower tiles with a corresponding educational legend. "Who wears the skeleton on the outside, shines in rainbow colorsand moves about on many legs?Who swims the river, walks the water, crawls the desert,flies the sky and lurks the bloom? ARTHROPODS! That’s who..."
Columbia river tiger beetle
Hops Arbor at Ruston Waterwalk, Tacoma.
Between this spot and Mt. Rainier is the Puyallup Valley - once famous for hops production.
I inserted multi-colored ceramic hops leaves in the ground and the pillars. The capitals show stylized hops pods.
Installed 2012. Commssioned by Point Ruston LLC
Zina Linnik Peace Park, Mc Carver, Tacoma
This garden was dreamt-up by the Peace Makers and Landscape Architect Duane Dietz in partnership with MetroParks Tacoma. I created the main gate and vegetable garden pillars, the book spines and Luke Smeraldo's poem for Zina. 2010.
South Tacoma Public Library
This installation was created with a Tacoma Artist's Initiative Program in 2009.
Multi-Care Treehouse, Tacoma
McCarver Mural 'Growing Ideas', Tacoma
interdisciplinary work with Jeremy Gregory