I consider myself to be a part of artists called Mendocino Ruralists (a title coined by Willits artist and teacher, Bob Comings many years ago,) urban people who moved to Northern California as part of the “Back to the Land Movement”. Since the 1970s I helped support my family and homestead through private and public art-making, community arts organizing, and teaching.
My work is real in itself rather than a representation of reality. Outlines reverify the constructed shapes, surface textures, and brushstroke, and value-added with glazes of transparent and opaque color all emphasize the 3D of real or invented shadows. I create variety in a more physical, satisfying way by bending forms to an internal feeling for the shape of things rather than would come from observing the real variety of nature and humans.