I’ve tried other career paths. I studied painting, taught art in schools and juvenile jail, worked on a fishing boat, got a j.d., but I kept returning to glass. I love turning a solid into a liquid and back again! I love experimenting with new ways of adding color, shaping glass, and pushing the boundaries of size for lampworking. My background in painting influences my work. Although I add hot glass color rather than painting on glass, I am interested in final products with a painterly feel. I achieve this by mixing and layering colors in unique ways. I try to balance complex color schemes with simple forms and basic color schemes with complex forms. I am inspired by modernist paintings, my surroundings, and nature.