Artist Statement


Art serves as an arena for connection, resonance and reverberation and becomes the story of my subconscious as told by my hands. Thus, I create each sculpture as a conduit to emotion through inquiry, recognition and familiarity.

With my trompe l’oeil ceramic works I challenge the viewer with both the nature of the material and the messages within. Forms are completely hand-built and hand-carved with hyper-realistic textures transforming clay into charred logs, weathered wood and birch trees — the angels of the forest.

Through aging and decay, I explore how nature maintains its splendors with tenacity and triumphs of existence, despite human disregard. I appreciate how ceramic mirrors the environment’s fragility and durability—easily damaged if disrespected and yet invincible in its inherent beauty and longevity.

Each organic creation is filled with metaphor, both literal and implied. Anthropomorphic elements link humanity as timelessly inseparable from its interactions and relationships to its surroundings. Each sculpture fosters awareness and influences viewer behavior toward the environment. Through this consciousness, viewers acquire new appreciations and ways of seeing, and can thus choose to walk with softer steps. 

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