A friend walked by as I was working clay on one of my gestural figures and exclaimed, “Wow! I felt like that the other day.” This emotional response is what I want to elicit in the viewer. My narratives focus on everyday life, familiar objects, and daily experiences. I often add a touch of humor.
My sculptures reflect the three-dimensional forms found in nature. I appreciate the serendipity of random sculptural elements and occurrences that seem to occur accidentally, such as the random way that a stack of books may have been piled up. I strive to create a narrative by combining the texture, form, and movement of the elements, and craft them into a visual story.
As a multimedia artist, I have put together many techniques and media, often in unconventional ways. My abstract paintings are highly textured and sometimes include collage and assemblage elements. The creative process is the driving force for me. The random exploratory process drives me into areas that are unknown and are not pre-conceived. In this way, I never cease to run out of ideas and different forms to explore. Each piece is different and may be unrelated to the last. I hope I never tire of opening a new door.
Creating art has been a driving force in my life for the past 30 years. Although sculpture is my first love, I believe that creativity is actually what drives my work. I love the creative process: exploring something new in a different way and engaging in the process of discovery as I create it. I seem to never run out of ideas and never cease finding new art forms to explore. I invite the viewer to engage with each artwork on an individual basis and imagine a different context for each work of art.
Selected Juried Exhibitions
“Witness,” One-Woman show, Diablo Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
“Thinking Green,” Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA
“Exploring the Surface,” Pence Gallery, Davis, CA.
Peter Vandenberg, juror
“Villages,” Gallery DeForest, Ashland, OR
Two-Women Show, Orinda Library, Orinda, CA
“Hand-Built,” Mother Earth Clay Art Center, Sunnyvale, CA
“60 Years of Form and Function,” Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
“Clay (Re) Emerge 2005,” Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
“Clay and Glass,” San Francisco. CA
“Human Form,” Danville Fine Arts Gallery, Danville, CA
“Four Artists, Four Visions,” Lafayette Gallery
“Humans and Their Habitat-Women’s Visions,” Gallery Concord, CA
Cilmi Gallery, Sausalito, CA
Brooklyn Artisans Gallery, Brooklyn, CA
Sally Bookman Gallery, Capitola, CA
Lafayette Gallery, Lafayette, CA. 1999-2016 Founding member, Past President, Curator, Marketing Director, Exhibiting Artist
Diablo Gallery, 2016-2018, Walnut Creek, CA. Co-Owner
Moraga Gallery, 2019-present, Curator
Association of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA)
Lafayette Arts Alliance, Past President
“Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Article, Contra Costa
“One of a Kind,” Clay Times Magazine
“Miller Molds Clay, Commentary and Humor,” Contra Costa Sun
“Association of Clay and Glass Artists” Book 2011
“American Art Collector” Book 2010
“Healing,” Contra Costa Times
“Molding Students Her Next Goal,” Contra Costa Sun Honors
Featured Artist, Blackhawk Art Gallery, Danville, CA
First-place winner, Circle Foundation, National Competition
Featured Artist, Gallery Concord, Concord, CA
1st Place-Ceramics, CA Sculptors Symposium Show, Cambria, CA
1st Place-Peer Awards, Lamorinda Arts Alliance, Moraga, CA
“Town Folk” Sculpture presented to President Bill Clinton
"Legacy Interrupted" photo by Judy
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