All images courtesy of the artist
Since childhood, making things with my hands made sense. It was something I understood and it did not matter whether it was hung on a wall or placed on a pedestal. Seeing objects made by others was something I related to. When encountering artifacts from cultures old and new, time becomes irrelevant and I experience the thread of continuity. Through my work I see myself in the world and it enables me to connect with it.
I went to art school and initially focused on painting and printmaking. I threw pots and by chance started to work with wood on the lathe. I found working with wood grounding, allowing the lathe to frame my subject matter. It is an intimate experience exploring the possibilities that a piece of wood can present during the subtractive nature of the shaping process. Wood was once a tree, once alive. One day what I make with it, is what will remain of me. It is that sense of being part of a shared human experience, the need to make things with my hands that compels me to create.
My work is organic in the structural sense, shaped by years of engagement with form and surface. A symbiosis between material and maker, yet a struggle to find equilibrium within each piece. I select relatively neutral wood, empathetic to my work that allows me to create balance between material and design. Intricate surfaces are intended to engage the viewer. Bowl forms create spaces within. The circle in all its forms, turned and carved, concentric and sub divided, reflect the patterns of our lives and our world. My works are made from one solid piece of wood, yet my intention is to create an illusion to the contrary. Things are not always what they seem.
Arizona State University Art Museum. Tempe. AZ.
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Little Rock. AR.
Asheville Art Museum. Asheville. NC.
Center for Art In Wood. Philadelphia. PA.
Contemporary Museum. Honolulu. HI.
Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit. MI.
Federal Reserve. Washington. DC.
Figge Art Museum. Davenport. IA.
The Grizedale Society. Grizedale. Cumbria. England. UK.
Long Beach Museum of Art. Long Beach. CA.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles. CA.
Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis. MN.
Mint Museum of Craft & Design. Charlotte. NC.
Mobile Museum of Art. Mobile. AL.
Museum of Art & Design. New York. NY.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston. MA.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston. TX.
Peabody Essex Museum. Salem. MA.
Racine Art Museum. WI.
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Washington. DC.
Victoria & Albert Museum. London. England. UK.
Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven. CT.