ABOUT MY ART: Reverence experienced through nature continually teaches me that I am connected to the earth.  In our current electronic fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget this connection. Combining drawing, mixed media collage, and sculpture is a method of inquiry on this connection. Observing intently during hikes in the Southeast United Staes and paddles in the South Carolina Lowcountry waters often become starting points as I bear witness to the changing natural landscape to human development. Sometimes graphite to paper is all I need to convey these experiences of wonder.  Other times I feel moved to build and construct sculptures as a way of enshrining nature for others to experience.



My art practice wanders from drawing to sculpture to inventive mixed media where many processes come together.    Having a wide knowledge of art materials over several decades of practice and experimenting is most important for allowing an idea to fruition.  I enjoy chasing an idea with materials that best suit it.  I am intentionally a perpetual student .  Learning new materials and processes adds that needed spark to ignite my work further. 



Collaboration is a cornerstone for how I live my life.  I am always curious what others can teach me in my personal art practice as well as in the classroom with students.  I met Laura Gaffke in graduate school where we developed a mail correspondence project which we still maintain today after TEN years.  We are one another’s sounding board and confidants as we work our way through this creative life.