M.F.A., University of Montana, Missoula
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
Clay is a good material for stories. It is inviting. A richly detailed and repetitively patterned surface makes a viewer come close. Clay has craft connotations and relationships in scale to the figurine that make it feel accessible. But still, clay inspires a "how did they make this?" kind of wonder. Clay is known to be fragile and that brings out a gentle and cautious side in a viewer. It can slow down the rush, and inspire patience. My sculptures combine naturalistic and abstracted imagery to suggest the possibility of the real and the imagined cohabitating, a whimsical reality. Unusual growths, curious routes, unlikely pairings, strange predicaments, surprises and wonder, and comfort in the unlikely.
I arrived in New Hampshire in 2004 and I teach and maintain a studio in Concord, New Hampshire.
My recent exhibits include The McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College, Santa Fe Clay, The Renegade Gallery in Chicago, The Kohler Art Center, and Artstream in Rochester New Hampshire. I took part in the international exhibit "Fragiles" organized by Die Gestalten Verlag, and can be found in the corresponding book. I was also a summer resident at The Archie Bray Foundation and assisted at two Haystack Mountain School of Craft workshops. In 2008, I received a fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.