I invite you into my world of primal visions and simple truths.  May you embrace nature's organic forms with renewed light.

 

SCULPTURE

Essence

"I like to believe that I collaborate with the clay, one coil at a time, one silent moment at a time, drawing from the void, the essence of something whole and innocent."

 

Community arts

Collaboration

"Working in community, facilitating collaboration with others, reminds me of all that we have in common.  With many hands and hearts participating toward a common goal, finding a place for all the parts and pieces, is a reward like none other."

 

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Architectural Mosaic

Integration

"As an artist, I attempt to interpret the stage on which the clients perform their lives and reflect back to them an essence of their own joy and richness of spirit.  It is important the client be an integral part of the piece and the environment in which it lives."
 

The Sculpture

 

The essence and spirit of the universe that exists in nature, is what I strive to create through the clay.  If I can simply draw out an essence of truth, from deep within, from the void. I have succeeded.  Details and realism allude or interfere in the truth.

May you, in the viewing, experience even a small portion of the profound wisdom and remembrances these sculptural forms provide me, in the making...and ultimately in the sharing. 

It is through the ancient processes of coiling and pinching that these creatures come to life.  Unintentionally, I have chosen the oldest forms of creating with clay, and the oldest form of sealing clay called terra sigilatta (literally meaning earth seal).

 

 
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Bringing together disparate parts and disparate people

 

Working with civic groups, in school classrooms, or in private business settings, the intention is still the same; to establish collaboration and community.  I have worked with as few as 8 and as many as 450 individuals to create permanent works of art.  The completed work is more about the process of connection that happens when the work is in progress than about the finished product, but some astounding work has been created.  As the facilitator, I am always inspired by the experience of disparate parts and people coming together to complete a finished image of which they are all a part.  The idea that the participants can pick out their individual parts when completed, speaks to the understanding that without the contribution of each individual, the mural or sculpture would not be complete. Each person affects and is a valuable part of the whole. In some ways this is a performance piece when even observers are astounded by the beauty and joy of the experience.

 

 
Planning of Sculpture for the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, NEA Grant 20 individuals created designs, and about 80 completed the sculpture installed on the Appalachian State University campus.

Planning of Sculpture for the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, NEA Grant 20 individuals created designs, and about 80 completed the sculpture installed on the Appalachian State University campus.

A Dream - Totems for Humanity  NEA Grant for Turchin Center for Visual Arts.  A total of 100+ individuals designed and completed this sculpture.

A Dream - Totems for Humanity  NEA Grant for Turchin Center for Visual Arts.  A total of 100+ individuals designed and completed this sculpture.

The Four Seasons Planters - Christ Episcopal School, Greenville, SC 2009, 150 middle schoolers

The Four Seasons Planters - Christ Episcopal School, Greenville, SC 2009, 150 middle schoolers

2011 Banner Elk Elementary School Lobby - 125 students participated

2011 Banner Elk Elementary School Lobby - 125 students participated

Installations - Residential/Commercial

 

 

Whether I am designing for a kitchen back splash, a bathroom mural, or a commemorative mural, I am  always considering the client and their specific styles and requirements.  With a degree in Interior Design, and experience as a General Contractor, one of the primary concerns is establishing a foundation and using materials creating an integrity to hold and honor the work for generations.

 

 
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