Fellow: Awarded 2012
Field of Study: Fine Arts
Competition: US & Canada
For over fifty years I have been making small objects mostly out of clay, which, in the beginning, had reference to ceramic vessels. Over the years my work has evolved to forms, which are less referential to pottery but still maintain much of the idiomatic elements that have been associated with ceramics. As time has gone by, my interest in merging form and color has led me in a direction where I now think of my objects as 3-dimensional paintings. At this point in my work, I wish to use the immediacy of clay to create forms and then translate the results into plastic. In addition to my visual artwork, I am also a singer/songwriter, record producer, and huge fan of pop music, particularly rhythm and blues. As time goes on the differences and similarities of both endeavors seem to feed one another. The bottom line is….the greatest thrill for me is making stuff whether it’s visual or musical; if other people like it, all the better.
Ron Nagle on the Renabranst Gallery website