FROM THE ARTIST I have always loved creating and cannot remember a time when I wasn’t expressing myself through art.
While I enjoy all disciplines of art, I have always been attracted to the process of sculpting clay; the tactile give and take, the immediate response of the material… malleable, spontaneous and filled with infinite possibility. Clay grounds me yet allows my ideas to take flight. It frees me in a way no other medium can.
I am greatly influenced by my longstanding love of and curiosity about the natural world and our place in it. Clay, like nature, is both fragile and resilient. I believe our awareness and respect for our connection to the earth is imperative to our emotional and physical well-being. My latest work incorporates human and animal forms in dream-like figurative pieces that reveal our desire to reclaim this connection. My goal is to capture their spirit and honor their importance whereby inviting you to consider their own relationship and response.
I work intuitively, allowing the sculpture to develop organically from clay coils and slabs. I also work quickly, purposely leaving finger marks to convey gestural spontaneity. I will often apply multiple layers of color and treatments and approach surface finish in a painterly fashion. Found objects may be incorporated to accent, embellish or define work. Each piece has its own evolution and story which guides its ultimate form and finish.
My ceramic sculptures has been featured in numerous shows and exhibitions. I work with select galleries and participate in two to three juried retail shows throughout the year. I also was commissioned to build four bronze sculptures for permanant display on the Brevard Sculpture walk.
Focus & Specialization • Handbuilt sculpture using stoneware clay • Bronze sculptures • Ceramic sculptures • Public Art Installation
Memberships & Grants • Member, Piedmont Craftsmen Guild • Member, Southern Highland Craft Guild • Member, American Craft Council • Member, Transylvania Arts Council • North Carolina Arts Council, Regional Artist Grant - 2005