I have been sculpting in various mediums for over forty years and
have come to the conclusion that an artist never stops evolving. I began
my art career as a stay-at-home mom, making Christmas ornaments to
make ends meet while raising my children in rural New Hampshire. The
ornament business grew and soon I was taking orders at the New York
International Gift Show for my unique decorative sculptures. My work
has been collected by Demi Moore, Anne Rice and other celebrities.
Featured in galleries, museums and art shows, I even designed ornaments
for the White House Christmas tree.
Fast forward twenty-five years, the nest was empty and it was
time to really explore my art. Enamored by New Mexico, the people,
the cultures, the vast landscapes, I packed up all my worldly goods and
made the move. Creating one-of-a-kind mixed media sculptures, I found
my niche here in the Southwest. Haunting faces of Native Americans,
dressed in soft leathers and beads, standing beside their horses, my
work was inspired by the legends and history of the West. And now
I am evolving. At the request of a long standing collector, I created a
contemporary horse and pony with my special flair for capturing
emotions and using beads and feathers. She was delighted! Enthused
by her response, I started making more. So began the discovery of
these beautiful creatures. Pouring over books and magazines, photos
and making many trips to a friend’s ranch became daily rituals to
become acquainted with their anatomy, familiar with their moods and
temperament. Soon I was captivated with their “spirit.”
My horses are individually sculpted in clay and fired in a kiln.
Sculpting for hours, I try to give each horse its own personality. Dark,
soulful eyes capture their expressive spirit. Layers of colors are applied
to give a soft, worn surface to their coats. Horse hair, vintage beads,
feathers and leather fringe adorn my creations. I love the beauty of an iridescent pheasant feather, the sparkle of an old bead,
the design of a button. Threads, fibers, ribbons and fringe,
I carefully add each element to make the horse sculpture
unique. My color palette consists of warm, rich earth tones
with a splash of turquoise or red. The studio is brimming with
paints and stains and feathers and furs and beads and found
objects. I am surrounded by my inspiration. My work tells a
story. I love to eavesdrop on people while they are looking
at my art and listen to the story that they weave about the
My latest body of work is titled “The Journey.” Accompanied
by a small black bird, he is carrying a mound of turquoise stones.
Adorned with strands of trade beads, glass and sometimes found
stones, the two friends affectionately travel together on life’s
journey. It is a symbol of how two species can get along no matter
how different they are and how they need each other. It is the
story of their symbiotic relationship.
"The Journey" Pony is washed in browns and with faint hints of
turquoise and stands 30” high x 28” long x 10”deep.
My one-of-a-kind ponies and horses are given Native
American names and come with the history of the horse in the
West and the significance of the markings and designs (i.e.: spiral
circle around the eye aids in vision).
One-of-a-kind horse ornaments dressed in beautiful feathers,
genuine beads and exquisite charms have been shipping around
the world to horse enthusiasts everywhere as well.
Spirit of Enchantment
Magnificently splashed with color, the Appaloosa horse is an enduring symbol of the Southwest. Brought to the Americas
by the Spaniards, they proved useful for exploring the new lands. Native Americans believed these horses were magical,
sending messages through their skin. Unusually marked horses were highly prized and displayed extraordinary powers.
Carrying a turquoise nugget, each Spirit Horse is marked with ancient symbols. The painted circle around the horse’s
eye aids in vision. Lightning bolts are for speed in travel, tiny dots and arrows indicate the winds of change. The spiral circle
represents Life’s journey, a handprint signifies ownership and strength. Considered revered members of the tribe, they were
honored as Spirit or Medicine horses.
Sculpting and decorating each “Spirit Horse”
Individually, I try to capture the essence of the animal totem. The horse embodies enduring strength, power and
freedom. Turquoise is a symbol of friendship, wisdom and protection of the home. It absorbs negative energy. Connected
with the magical powers of the Shaman, the horse is the first totem animal spirit. Each horse is sculpted in clay, fired and
painted with layers of colors. Delicate pheasant feathers, vintage beads and leather fringe embellish his saddle. A beautiful
turquoise nugget symbolizing friendship is placed on his back and a small medicine bag holds sage and small shards for
protection. Horse medicine teaches us to tap into our own inner power. Invoke your horse totem to access your personal
inner spirit and strength.