While living in northeast Kansas in the early 1970s, I was asked to build a doll house as a project for Cub Scouts. Instead, I built what I told my parents was a museum of modern art. A childhood obsession with the formed concrete of Kivett & Myers' Kansas City International Airport influenced the plywood building's design. Informed by family outings to the contemporary collection at the Nelson-Atkins, I crafted the museum's miniature abstract paintings and tiny metal sculptures.
While living in New York in the late 1980s, a neighbor on East 13th Street showed me how he made his work on utilitarian glass objects. I took his instructions in a different direction and began using acrylics to paint on glass.
I live and make art in San Francisco. I always use metal leaf in the reverse painted work on glass; the leaf adds shine while allowing me to play with the idea of classic verre églomisé.