I just returned last night from a whirlwind trip to Phoenix, Arizona where I gave a presentation to the Arizona Glass Alliance. They invited me to come and show them my work, my process and my journey as artist. I was greeting with the warmest reception, which had little to do with the 105′ heat and had everything to do with the kindness of the people in the alliance. It was a great honor to meet people who are truly interested and excited by what I do. I want to give a special shout to Fred and Sharon Schomer and Dennis and Joanne Burech for sharing their great collections and hosting me in their beautiful homes. And can’t forget the Alliance its self; composed of both patrons and artists alike. I am grateful for groups like this, especially in these strange economic times. Any extra support for the arts is greatly appreciated.
I have never seen so many cactuses in my life. I even saw a cellphone tower disguised as a cactus. They reminded me of the old growth trees of the northwest. Growing so slowly and towering over the landscape like guardians of the earth.