Background: I have a vision of my artwork bringing visual songs to people's homes- the way music brings emotion through people's ears (and souls). My goal is to have the work be consoling in some way to its owner; be it playful illustration, a comforting ceramic pot, or a drawing of a loved person's story. I went to the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University to study ceramic sculpture, but I also focused on painting and ceramic engineering. I have a long background in art-related work; I started out teaching summer art camps at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse NY, as well as worked in a custom ceramics tile studio in Syracuse. The tile studio produced Stickley Furniture tiles that are seen in their mission-style tables. I currently work in finance but make time to paint, illustrate and have fun, as that is what ultimately brings me joy. I grew up in Syracuse NY, and moved to eastern Washington State in 2009 to work as a engineering researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I have just started making work again after a 5 year sabbatical after art school. Please enjoy my work and contact me for custom orders.
My artwork speaks to quiet observations and playful moments in this world. It's as much about the materials as well as going on a journey with piece. I don't always know what the final product of a drawing or work will be; often I start making one and as I move through the process, it informs me what colors or shapes are to come next.
I think a lot about how we are transient human beings on this plant, we only have time to enjoy what we observe, and select what we take and participate in during our lives. I try to capture this in the photographs, and the line drawings try to express one's figuring out their place in the universe. The ceramics talk about how clay is visceral, and of the earth.
I have a lot of fun with the drawings. They often are on the edge between subconscious and intention. They start out as doodles; little figures that appear to me while distracted, but then I need to build an environment around them with color and shapes.
The work is not to invoke any particular gut reaction from participants/observers, but for them to take whatever they need from it and keep moving on to the next step in their lives.
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