Describe a place that has inspired you
Having lived in Israel for many years, I feel a strong international influence on my pieces. My “Ladies” appear to have stepped out of the local marketplace, be it in Morocco, Italy or Greece. I use textures and objects collected from all over the world including Indian textile stamps, Middle-Eastern trinkets and Chinese jade to enhance the story that each piece tells.
Just as our lives are textured by time and experience, layered through joy, love, loss, and surprise and colored by world events and personal experience, so too are my "Ladies" - textured, layered and colored.
Describe a person that has inspired you
My father, Henry Birnbrey, is part of every piece I create. He would see an object such as a painting or a piece of furniture or a photograph and say "I can do that" and he did. As a child he gave me the courage to try my hand at everything. He taught me to be fearless and to trust my creative self.
Clay, watercolors, pen and ink