In 2005 I took a welding class that changed my life.
You need a little bit of background to understand that: 7 years earlier my husband, our two boys and I had arrived in the US from the UK to live/work for a year. I stayed at home looking after the boys – a big difference from my normal daily life as a physician in the UK – but I really enjoyed it. Once we had taken the decision as a family to remain in the US, I immersed myself with volunteering in the local community and organizing at the boys’ elementary school. Still, I knew I needed another outlet for my personal growth.
The intensity of that first welding class was challenging. I needed concentration, strong hand-eye coordination and training to improve. I was hooked! The ability to create art using the combination of high voltage and power tools was exhilarating. It felt like a whole new way of looking at creation.
I am attracted to metal in particular. The juxtaposition of strength and malleability in one medium is fascinating to me. A decision to treat it one way can decide what can be created with it at a later stage – you need a concept based on knowledge plus a little bit of intuition, something that is familiar to me from my earlier medical career.
In the last 12 years I have:
apprenticed with a blacksmith creating a foundation for my art.
joined the non-profit artist community, Liberty Arts, which has artists working in a large variety of media and offers many opportunities to improve and learn new skills, which focused my approach to art.
chaired the Board of Liberty Arts to help create jobs within the artist community and enhance artists’ working experience.
co-directed the Bull City Sculpture Show (2014/15)
helped to organize and successfully execute the growing Liberty Arts annual Iron Pour event at Durham Central Park
been featured in various Art Shows across North Carolina, including the Fearrington Folk Art Show & the Greenhill Gallery.
opened my own studio.