I came to think of myself as an artist fairly late on in life after full careers as both a clinical and research audiologist (UK, Canada and USA), a behavioural scientist in the high-tech world of mobile communications (Canada) , and a human factors analyst at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
My professional artistic career started in 2001 when redundancy and my husband’s failing health forced us to re-assess our life priorities. We were living on a lake in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa, Canada and the natural beauty and supportive community inspired us to turn to art as a way to start a new life. We launched our successful custom art glass business, Turtle Bay Studios, in Wakefield, Quebec in 2001. Our commission work can be seen in public buildings in Ottawa as well as private homes. Gallery exposure included the Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada and the Remington Museum, Ogdensburg, NY.
My husband’s progressive health issues eventually provoked a move to warmer Arizona in 2013. At that time, I became seriously interested in wood as a medium of expression. Over the past seven years, I have honed my technical skills to the point where I can use wood as a narrative tool. My work has been published in the American Association of Woodturners and has been acknowledged on several on-line wood turning communities including “Woodturning – the Art and Craft” and “Woodturners Around the World”.
My creative inspiration comes from consideration of the precious and precarious life here in the desert southwest. Our contemporary interaction with the natural world challenges the resiliency of both humanity and all other life. Here in the desert we see first hand how the natural world’s ability to adapt to our presence is tested. Humanity’s ceaseless hope that the natural world can adapt around us is an endless source of creative energy.
On a more humorous note a friend of mine who speaks Spanish pointed out that Lomo is a pork cutlet in spanish😂. While I don’t think of myself as a pork cutlet, it is kind of cute.
2018/19 Baughman Gallery, Tubac, AZ
2020- On the Edge Contemporary Gallery, Tubac. AZ
Smithsonian “Water/Ways”, Tubac Presidio
Rio Compartido/Shared River, Lowe House, Tubac
Members Juried Show, Tubac Center of the Arts
“Path of the Cherimoya” ….. Perspectives on grief, loss, and emergence. http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/path-of-the-cherimoya-first-edition/26337271
“My Away, My Here and Belonging”: https://wp.me/pbg891-CJ