Art in its many forms is a powerful tool of self-expression. I see art not simply as a thing, but as a fundamental relationship—both between me and my work, and eventually, between my art and it’s viewers.
As an artist, I am only myself– purely and utterly myself. But each time I begin a new project, I enter into a living relationship with that piece, and two things begin to happen: I pour my soul into the piece to give it life, and the piece takes on a life of it’s own, growing beyond my original expectations. It is a powerful and exciting journey, and one that is innately explorative in nature. Not only do I as an artist get to experiment with materials and techniques, stretching the skills of my hands and the breadth of my mind, but in imbuing the work with my own voice, I can explore myself more deeply than a purely analytical examination could ever go. Thus the piece takes on a message of it’s own, and becomes a mirror onto myself that allows me to see myself more clearly.
Art is not solely explorative in nature– it is innately expressive, and meant to be seen. It is meant to add to the world it enters into. And it is there to inspire thought, growth, and deeper relationship with meaning. I am passionate about the world and my relationship with art is fundamental to the way I see and interact with it.
I have developed a very integrated studio practice, working with metals, traditional printmaking, writing, ceramics, resin, and computer imaging among other things. In my work I grapple with the realities of life, connecting my own experiences with the broader cosmic experience. I try to understand myself and the world around me, and through that help others to do the same. I strive to make my art a reflection of truth, because it is only in that way that it can have any worth.