I am a gardener. I love digging in the dirt, pruning my plants, adding new plants, changing the garden design and reaping the rewards of its endless supply of beauty and edible treats.
Images of plant life seep into my artwork. I find the two are intertwined and inseparable from the soil to my studio. I dream of ceramic artwork and plants. Both give me peace and passion towards the endless cycle of life and death.
My garden is living, growing and I am a steward of this 6,000 square feet of dirt. I do not truly own it, but it is on loan for a couple of decades. It will then pass on to another to hopefully love it as I do.
I try hard to keep the yard free of pesticides and chemicals. I invite the wildlife to eat at the bird feeders and drink from the birdbaths. I also put out corn and peanuts for the squirrels and birds. All give me entertainment and wonder from their beauty. Most have been very respectful of my garden.
The garden is a part of my life. In my art, the garden influences my voice about the importance of clean food, a clean environment, and activism to demand food without chemicals and pesticides.
Here are some images from the back yard garden. You will find planted together herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruit trees and berries.