cannot be anything other than an artist.
embrace life, I love life, and I see beauty in life.
I want to celebrate life.
I have a need to express all of this.
Yet, my own life has offered many traumatic
of these experiences are corporeal.
My experiences are a part of me- of who I am- and I
cannot erase them. These
me to reference the body. In
an abusive home, I grew up with an oppositional relationship
with the body. How
easy it is, in my
own mind, to explain why I am fascinated
with adorning the body, decorating it, embellishing it, and
hiding it. To be
able to express all of these emotions in another language- the
language of an artist-
is truly a gift!
some experiences, there are no words.
An artist doesn’t need to use words to express
feelings and thoughts.
I look to crafting to give physical being to a thought,
expression. I view
it as making a beautiful object in objection to a bad
experience. I can
adorn my body in effort to make something beautiful that I have
not always had a beautiful
relationship with. As
for the actual objects, I see them as relationships in and of
themselves. I look
to materials and their inherent properties to help express the relationship.
For example, if I am thinking about tension, I look to
the rigid properties of the epoxy to interact with the flexible
properties of the nylon in such a way that the epoxy
is forcing the nylon to be
flexible, as if it had no choice.
me, it is important to concentrate on the beauty, and be able to
turn any ugly experience around to make it beautiful.
I gravitated towards use of the computer because
of the freedom to explore form that
Computer Aided Design allows.
I am first and foremost a craft artist.
CAD is simply the medium that most easily enables me to
push my explorations
of form in an infinite number of directions.
CAD is the medium that gives every thought the
possibility to have shape, form, and tangibility. Further, teaching is
the medium that enables one to give many the strength to
recognize their own ability.
My desire to teach comes from a need to
return some of
the blessings that have been
bestowed upon me by leaving a productive and
on those with whom I come in contact.
I hope to help others find their ability and
strength, to appreciate, to see,
or maybe to discover themselves.
I hope to help another person discover the beauty of
finding their own language- their
own personal means of
think everyone can find something to be thankful for in life, or
to realize it is all in the interpretation.
upon how a person
can view a situation- there are no
good or bad experiences. There
are simply events, and the lessons learned from them .
Creating objects demands the same amount of
consideration and calculation as
does everyday life.
is not simply dealt to us…we must remember to give it shape