In 2012 I was hired to work on a natural gas pipeline in North Dakota. The days were long but I practiced welding a lot, on breaks and after hours, to prove I was as good as the guys. Mostly it was because I fell in love with the way I was able to move that molten puddle. My artist’s eye saw rose petals hiding in the curve of the pipe and was awed by the colors of heated steel. Joining steel to steel with 6010 electrodes creates sparks. Sparks create a magical environment, even in a North Dakota winter.
Montana is where I began the nuts and bolts of my experimentation in crafting with steel as a medium, mostly nuts and bolts and a hoarder-size collection of rusting metal. It was cheap and abundant. A struggling artist needs encouragement and money so after selling a number of scorpion sculptures, crafted mainly from sparkplugs, I gained confidence that my visions had value. Perhaps I had some talent? After winning a local contest for my woman-size, scrap metal sculpture “Rust Chick”, I recognized her significance not only for the inspiration of winning but also her symbolism. I had created a projection of my life story. As I was able, I acquired different tools and materials to explore new metal art techniques and taught myself.
I love recreating flowers and wildlife in my work.
Here in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, my husband and I hike through the lush forest, over mountain peaks and in creeks, always finding inspiration. I love the way the moss grows along the jagged tree limbs, how mushrooms scatter there way around leaves mixing in with wildflowers and pinecones. Elk let out bugles, deer prance around, while a red fox plays peekaboo from his den. Eagles soar above and butterflies flutter below, bears frolic around in huckleberry patches and moose splash through the swamp. There's always inspiration near! I like to capture the way I feel in these moments by recreating them with different metals, allowing people to see what I've experienced.
I am proud to hold my work to the highest standard of quality. Contact me to collaborate our ideas, bringing fragments of raw materials together - creating your next vision.