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I have been creating sculptural works exploring our spiritual relationship with Nature since the early ‘90’s. With works in national and international shows like Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale 2009, Gongju, Korea, Sculpted Green in Bellevue Washington and local exhibits such as Cool Globes - Hot Ideas for a Cooler planet, now at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, and Feminist Ecology - Women and the Earth, Koehnline Museum of Art, I have attempted to share my ideas about our need to create a better relationship with Nature as a way to find peace within ourselves and each other. Most recently, I have been commissioned to create an interpretive public art work for the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve.

To create tangible change, I volunteer with many of Chicago’s environmental groups such as Treekeepers, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, North Park Village Nature Center, and Lincoln Park Conservancy through restoration work, tree audits and monitoring.

My Artist Statement

If we wrap our naked souls in the raw and mysterious power of nature, taking refuge, we would leave personal artifacts, vessels with the voice of nature.

I see the shelter form as embodying the souls desire to retreat into a comforting and protective environment. The human experience is explored through natural materials which bring the viewer away from the controlled man made world and into the raw and mysterious realm of Nature where I believe we are vulnerable and the most real.

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I am located in Chicago, IL.

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