Taos NM & Marfa TX , USA
I studied Painting and Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). My paintings were exhibited in the States and in Italy. About 5 years after graduation I decided I wanted to back paint on glass also that I wanted to paint on an undulating surface. Strangely enough this brought me to bending glass. I was living in Providence RI then and no one in the glass department at RISD knew how to bend glass so I started experimenting using a small test kiln. I called these experiments ‘drawings’ and the work became the foundation for much of my subsequent glass pieces. As I never learned slumping or bending glass from anyone, I am self taught. I call the process I developed ‘mid-air’ slumping. I do not use a mold and every piece is unique.
Before developing my glass slumping technique I made conceptual work and large scale installations both in the States, at University Galleries, Museums, and on the streets of Rome. In some of these works I used glass either breaking it as in ‘Do Not Break the Glass’ or sheets of plate glass combined with high temperature heating elements to show heat wave patterns.
Through the years I have been fortunate to receive many grants, Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in NYC I received one of the first Visionary Awards, several from the NEA, a USA Fellow Grant from United States Artists, and the Rasmusson Foundation, among many others.
My work is represented by Christian Cheneau Gallery in Santa Fe. I have had over 50 one person exhibitions and shown in over 80 museum shows, my latest one person show was at the Katzen Museum in DC.