The Art of Brushwork is comprised of three elements. The brush is a magician’s wand, and if handled correctly, can create a world out of thin air. The ink is the blood; it holds the possibility of Ch’I yun, or the living spirit of painting. And the paper is the skin, the texture that accepts the ink and absorbs the energy of the brush. It is the dance between these three, the brush, the ink and the paper guided by the hand and the heart that makes brushwork.
As a potter, I combine clay, paper and wood together to create a canvas for brushwork. Whether it becomes a two-dimensional wall scroll, a piece of functional pottery or a clay sculpture, I try to keep the same theme in mind. Basic materials and mindful strokes, efficient, but never lacking, deliberate yet also spontaneous. These are the elements of art that are important to me. Reducing every part to its simplest form. For in its simplicity is the beauty of its essence. It is this quality I try to create in every piece.
I have been a potter and painter for thirty years and live in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I sell my work through galleries and select art festivals and teach brushwork and hand building with clay to individuals and groups. Appointed an Albuquerque Local Treasure in 2016, I have promoted art and creativity in the community and classroom throughout my career and lead workshops and demonstrations at schools and museums.
Mariposa Gallery – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Galbadon Fine Art – Durango, Colorado
Wabi Sabi Gallery- Taos, New Mexico
Weems Gallery-Albuquerque, New Mexico
Being There, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Awards & Exhibits:
First Place, Ceramics, Santa Fe Arts and Crafts Fair
New Mexico Potter’s Association Juried Exhibit
Article and Photos in Ceramics Monthly – May
Grand Prize – New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair
New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair
Santa Fe Arts and Crafts Fair
La Quinta Arts Festival (California)
Fountain Hills Great Fair (Arizona)
Scottsdale Arts Festival (Arizona)
Boulder Art Festival (Colorado)
Crested Butte Art Festival
Baltimore ACC Show
Rio Grande Art Festivals (NM)