After a short stint at art school, I got into video producton and started making graphics for television--at first by hand and then on the computer.
Although seemingly very different, there are similarities between television and neon. Both are luminous, have a limitied color pallette and use technology although the tools are very different.
Neon caught my eye years ago and I had several favorite signs that I just loved to look at. When the Museum of Neon Art (neonmona.org) opened I was so excited. There I had the opportunity to see what artists were doing with neon. I had a desire to try making art using neon but it was so different from anything I had ever done.
In 2004, I found the time and courage--neon technology was a bit scary--to take the neon class offered by the museum taught by Michael Flechtner (flektro.com).
The experience made me want to do more with neon. After many hours of instruction and many hours of practice, I began to create shapes reflecting my aesthetic. Texture, layers, transparency, reflection, glow and color are elements I use to create my art.