" Mono no aware o shiru" is a Japanese phrase written by an
unknown artist which means, "to understand and indulge in
the emotional appeal of objects to the human heart" and it
goes on to say, "the world of sentiments, which is
discovered in the harmony between the heart (mind) and the
form of object." Art is everywhere, whether or not we
realize it, it is. For me, it is this relationship between
an object or feeling, thought or concept and how it appeals
to my sense of form. It is looking at the mundane and seeing
something beautiful and unique. Within me, it stirs emotions
and passions that I can hardly contain. I have found that
most of my art manifests from nature. I am profoundly
stimulated when I am outdoors and surrounded by its
peculiarities. Perhaps it stems from my childhood growing up
on a farm, I do not know. My work usually starts with a
fortuitous glimpse of some random point of inspiration
catching my eye forcing me to stop and take a closer look,
embracing its texture, line, and emotion. You cannot look
for inspiration, it must find you. It could be a crack in the sidewalk, an expression on a face
or tree roots weaving their way through the ground...
THERE LIES ART.
This inspires me and is why I need to create. For me, it is when I take these images and translate them into a piece of clay that my art becomes tangible and not just a figment in my imagination. Each piece takes on a life form of its own and undoubtedly, it will unfold and explain itself through its many layers. At this point, I am merely a narrator, collaging all the pieces together. It starts in my mind, runs through my soul and comes out through my fingers. My work becomes an extension of myself.