Born and raised in Asheville, I still call the mountains of Western North Carolina home. As a child I helped my grandfather in his woodworking shop, and also painted and learned traditional Southern handcrafts from my grandmothers. It was close ties to my family and a love of the mountains that kept me in WNC even after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Working for a local crafter for several years reawakened a love for woodworking, and I enrolled in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College. My art has gone through several transitions over the years, but it has remained rooted in my relationship with my loved ones. Finally finding a comfortable balance between backgrounds in mixed media printmaking, woodworking, and handcrafts, I have created a perspective and aesthetic that is colorful, whimsical, and functional.
As a real home is built piece by piece, my work is created layer by layer out of wood and paint. The memories and happiness that stem from reflection upon my family and childhood, and that create a sense of home, are interpreted through color, texture, and pattern. These elements are layered with architectural shapes to convey a sense of depth and history, sometimes a likeness to an actual “home,” but most importantly joy.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phillipians 4:13 KJV