I have lived for the past 9 years in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. The city was built around steel mill, mining and forestry sort of activity, and retains much of that character. My studio is located in an old bushplane hangar, on the edge of St. Mary’s River. The river separates Michigan from Ontario, and Lake superior from Lake Huron. Large cargo ships travel the river, passing through the locks, and their whistle blasts provide an unpredictable bass line to the music playing in the studio. Below my studio, which is on the second floor, small aircraft sit in the hangar below, in various states of repair.
These constant reminders of voyages by air or water have seeped into my thoughts, and have provided a metaphor for other kinds of journeys. And the forms of my environment – the ships, bridges, and the ever present element of water have influenced the shape of the work.
During the past few years, several of my beloved friends and family members have departed this world for the next. I carry them all in my heart.
This work encompasses my own contradictory blend of grief , hope, love, gratitude and sorrow, and is dedicated to those loved ones.