My father was the curator of the St. Paul, Minnesota Science Museum. I grew up going on anthropological digs for several months out of each summer. As we dug down, the earth slowly surrendered its ancient treasures of bones and utilitarian objects. I became compelled to explore form in a way that revealed the energy that gives it life. I believe this was the reason I became a sculptor!
I majored in art at Hamline University in St. Paul, but it was not until years after I graduated that I came to the realization that I wanted to spend my life sculpting. I made the decision to dedicate my time to the mastery of this art form.
I sought out a local sculptor named Nick Legeros, who was running a local foundry and quite successful commercially. I told him I would work for him for free for two years if he would teach me all he knew. He accepted my offer and I embarked on my apprenticeship. As my career as a sculptor developed, I began to share my knowledge and experience with my students.
Most of my recent sculptures have been created on a commission basis. I strive to capture the beauty, grace and emotion that define the essence of all living beings. I work with my clients to define the emotion they want communicated through their piece and bring that forth. My work has become about uplifting the spirit.
My work is my visual journal. It reflects my feelings at a moment in time. Often, I am unaware of what is taking form through my hands until long after the piece is finished. Eventually, I go “ah ha”! That is what my pieces are all about.
I can trace my deep interest in sculpture back to the age of eight when my father was curator of the St. Paul Science Museum in Minnesota. It was then that I would spend my Saturdays watching museum artist Alex Oyia modeling the dioramas that would later be on display in the museum.
As I grew up, my restless creative spirit found outlets in many forms. As a fashion model in my twenties, I moved into directing and co-producing choreographed shows involving dance, dress and hair design. My last show was staged at Parsons School of Design in New York, receiving a standing ovation. At thirty, I returned to college and placed first in the five-state region for set design in the American College Theater Festival. My work was exhibited in the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University, I decided that sculpture, and particularly bronze casting, was the way I wished to spend my life.
In order to learn all I could of the foundry arts, I asked Nick Legeeros at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Minnesota if I could apprentice with him for a period of two years. This apprenticeship enabled me to learn bronze casting as well as positioned me to work with the students learning and working there.
As I “grew up” artistically, learning to document work, enter shows, work with clients and market my work, the students around me were able to see how to become professional artists as well. I am still functioning in that capacity.
I am proud of my work, which stands in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections. As an artist teaching foundry classes in the only community center foundry in a five-state area, I have influenced hundreds of men and women who have come to study with us. I hope to continue to inspire those who learn from sharing studio space and observing an artist at work.