Imagine it: the ability to manipulate a rigid functional material into graceful dynamic art forms.
So in 2006 I received the opportunity to work with master metal sculpture artist, Marilyn Kuksht. I saw her work at an Open Studios in Santa Cruz and asked if she would consider teaching her craft. She agreed to do a class and by the end of the first day I was hooked. A few months later I spent a week at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA learning how to forge metal, bending and twisting it to do (mostly) what my designs called for -– there was no turning back after these experiences.
After creating a number of pieces, life happened. I went off with my family to start a consumer lifestyle product company (check out our cool sustainable ALEX bottle at www.alexbottle.com). What goes around - our flagship product is made of stainless steel –- no surprise there.
Now, here I am back again thanks to a significant nudge from family and friends. Not only do I enjoy converting found and crafted metal pieces into contemporary sculptures that inspire me I also continue to play in my two dimensional playground with acrylic, watercolor and charcoal. Thanks again for being a part of my joyful journey,
Making and sharing art! How much better could life be! Thank you for viewing my work and taking part in my story. I truly hope you enjoy what you see, share it with your friends and even contact me to arrange for a piece of this work to be your own.
A bit of my background: After almost 20 years of high tech computer program management in Silicon Valley, I made a life change. That was about 13 years ago. A move to Santa Cruz, CA with my husband Dave and the next adventure began.
Surrounded by a community of artists, I decided to pick up a paintbrush and put my love of art into my own creations. Laying paint to canvas has brought me huge joy and continues to do so to this day. While I adore painting, that medium gave me the confidence to expand my work into an area I had only dreamed about, metal sculpture.