In February this year, I changed direction in my studio practice away from painting and begin working with clay. Before that the last time I played with clay was in second grade when I was teased for a crude walrus man that I made. I read Paulus Berensohn’s book “Finding One’s Way with Clay”, began making pinch pots, and now, nine months later, I have embraced clay as a real calling. This is part of a larger shift in my artistic practice toward a place that is kinder, more loving and compassionate, and more deeply aware of the universe around and within us. For this body of work, I am still looking at animals and making work that draws people’s attention to our place in the biome. What is an animal? The search for life on other planets is very intensive right now, and I feel that it is a question of some importance. All of the clay work in this exhibition is hand-built, and my animal illustrations have helped guide me to a place of SHINE.