I have been a painter and designer since receiving my BFA in printmaking at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and my MFA in painting at Claremont Graduate University in California.
Moving to New York in 1977 furthered my committment to both the fine and the applied arts. Working at The Drawing Center, The American Crafts Museum and The Heller Gallery provided ample opportunities to emmerse myself in both worlds, as did exhibiting my "Pattern Paintings" with Barbara Gladstone Gallery in NY and Bruno Bischofberger in Switzerland.
In 1983 I began a long and rewarding career as Director of Decorative Painting with Evergreene Architectural Arts in NYC. My fine arts background and passion for the decorative arts were a perfect marriage for the position that I held for 32 years. During my tenure, I designed and invented hundreds of decorative finishes for some of the most important interiors around the country. I have led workshops, lectured, written articles and advised architects and interior designers too numerous to name.
Along the way, I began to work in clay. Little did I think it would become the passion that it has. For many years now, my ceramic studio practice has become an integral part of RobRoi Design which includes my painting and mixed media work on paper.
My ceramics walk a thin line between the two worlds of fine and applied art. As a ceramic artist and designer I make functional items, vessels that hold things. As a painter, I am concerned with the skin, the vessel that holds the vessel; with references to historic and contemporary patterns that give layers of depth both visual and metaphorical. My long standing passion for pattern, in nature, human nature and in the man-made world continues to provide inspiration for both my 2D and 3D work.
Why ceramics? I love manipulating the clay to create the shapes that I have envisioned and then... the surrender that occurrs as the piece goes into the kiln to be completed by fire. That completion always brings about unanticipated results, disrupts the pattern if you will. This disruption never fails to teach me, surprise me, excite me, upset me, delight me...and keeps me coming back for more. I try to bring this same quality of unexpected surprises and surrender to my current mixed media work on paper as well.