When I originally began sculpting with the sandblaster, (1985 I think), I was trying to find a way to articulate my perception of my relationships, particularly with women. Be it my mother, my sisters, or my lovers.
To me, this newly discovered medium of molten glass had a most female-like disposition so I tried to express that through blown glass with mostly unsatisfactory results. I was much more pleased with the results when I added the sandblaster into the equation.
I would try to blow a piece of unique character and beauty; it would have to be alluring and seductive as a form. With the sandblaster I would then attempt to enhance or deny the original qualities that I had tried to instill in the form. The result, when it was successful, would be a piece that would draw the viewer to it while simultaneously forcing the viewer to consider how intimate a relationship they were capable of maintaining with such an object.
Since that time, I have explored many different approaches to designing and executing my work. Drawing on inspiration from nature, man-made objects, personal relationships, and my unconscious all with varying degrees of success. Any time I feel myself getting lost in the creative process either by making what are to me unsuccessful pieces or by suffering from a complete dearth of ideas I simply refer back to my original concept and start again.
It is important to me that the object I make not only have a strong conceptual base, but that they also build upon the qualities inherent to the material. Strength, fragility, transparency, opacity, fluidity and stasis; these are all elements that I attempt to instill or refute in my work. People often comment on how the pieces seem like sea creatures or sea forms. Having been raised in Saskatchewan, I try to draw on the grand sweeping gestures and vast subtle movement of the prairies more than on the qualities of the sea, with which I am quite unfamiliar.
The most successful pieces are often executed in a kind of fog. The forms are usually simple and unique, and to me, evocative of someone, something, or someplace. The designs are a natural extension of this simplicity and personality. Too much thought inhibits the expression and causes the piece to look forced.