Not long after discovering fold forming, I was fortunate enough to work with neon artist Lili Lakich. Lili introduced color to my palette, sparking my interest in vitreous enamel. This prompted me to seek the help of enamel artist Suzanne Kustner.
My focus is fold formed and enameled objets d'art, but all facets of these techniques interest me.
"Mi Familia" Fold formed and enameled flowers with hand forged and polished adornments. Copper, vitreous enamel, wood. 14" x 9" 2013. Commissioned.
I grew up in a family of craftsmen, so I learned early on how to work with my hands. Perhaps this is why I've always been drawn to the more physical side of art.
I have worked with metal most of my life, exploring sand and lost wax casting, jewelry making, welding, metal fabrication, sculpture and even automobile restoration.
In 2010, I discovered fold forming, a modern metal forming technique nurtured by goldsmith and artist Charles Lewton Brain. Much of my work is now influenced by this technique, which led me to teach a fold forming workshop at Pasadena City College.