As an artist, nature is my muse. Inspiration comes from my personal life experience. The work of art is a byproduct of the creative process, which is life itself. I am a collector of seed pods, corks and rusty bits (treasures from scrap yards, industrial detritus). My practice is one of experimentation. With experimentation comes repetition, working in multiples and series. I exploit the possibilities of play and improvisation creating an ambiguous coexistence of subtlety and surprise. I continually ask “What if?”
My approach to art making allows chance to play a vital role in my creative process. My art is an amalgamation of seemingly incompatible elements blended through aesthetic play. My material choice stems from a proclivity for eclecticism and irony. I am an environmental artist in that my work documents and celebrates endangered Beauty. Biomorphic forms evoke a synthesis between creative thought and the senses. I cultivate my imagination through music, dance, travel, meditation, writing and drawing. This allows me to extract the innate essence found within a myriad of materials. I poeticize the beauty of the commonplace.
I earned my BFA in Textiles from The Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. After RISD I worked as a Designer and Stylist for Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, SC, receiving two patents for textile patterning technology. Five short years later I found myself in Charlotte, NC teaching at my high school alma mater Charlotte Country Day School. Searching for refinement in my thinking, I attended VCFA. Earning my MFA allowed me to teach at the university level. I spent a year as Visiting Artist at Wingate University. In 2002 I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in search of a larger artistic community and greater diversity. I am please to report that I found both. In my eight years in California I taught at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA, The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, and The Crucible in Oakland, CA. I was also a docent at The Di Rosa Preserve in Napa, CA. While teaching I maintained an active art practice involving exhibitions, commissions, demonstrations, lectures and residencies. Living and working in a warehouse in West Oakland had its challenges. In 2010 I moved my studio to Vermont for a more grounded lifestyle, more immediate nature. I continue my relationship with VCFA as the Assistant Director of the Visual Art Program from 2010 to 2014. I currently hold the position of Director of Alumni Relations at VCFA.