I have loved art since I was a child. Even if I didn’t understand what it meant, I enjoyed the way it made me feel- how it made me feel a myriad of emotions and think all kinds of thoughts. My grandparents encouraged me to be a ‘maker’- to tinker and to create. I’m sure those early projects weren’t what anyone would consider art, but they instilled an appreciation for the process of making and created the habit of creativity.
I am as fascinated by the processes as I am the finished works, so I studied art history in college. This introduced me to so many styles and influences. I weave bits and pieces of the visual as well as the philosophical influences of artists and movements that I feel connected to. I subscribe to the idea that things should be made to last as well- I despise the disposable nature of our society. I take great care in the craftsmanship of my work and the quality of my materials.
I continue the ‘family business’ of working in the technical world by day and weaving maker magic by night (and on the weekends). My goal, not just in my art, but also in my interactions with people, is to make life more beautiful. We, as a society, focus a lot of our energy on ‘results’ without taking into consideration the journey. For me, the process of making a piece is just as valuable as the finished piece and I am passionate about helping others connect to their inner maker. Our wellbeing as people is improved by the act of making- our lives are made richer and the world around us becomes more connected.
Ultimately, this is how I change the world and make it a better place- one piece of art at a time, one story, one connection.
B.A. Art History, University of Memphis 1997-2002
Senior Instructor, Art Clay World, Jackie Truty
New Mokume Gane, Art Clay World, Jackie Truty
Level 1 & Level 2 certification, PMC Connection, Linda Kline
Cloisonne Enameling, Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Harlan Butt
Enameling on Vessel Forms, Appalachian Center for Craft, Sarah Perkins
Eastern Repousse. Victoria Lansford
Certified Instructor - Camp PMC
Metalsmith Instructor, Memphis Botanic Gardens, 2007-present
Studio artist, BMB Designs Studio, 2012-present
Demonstrating Artist, Pink Palace Arts & Crafts Show, 2014-present
Special Projects volunteer, Metal Museum 2014-2015, 2019
Demonstrating Artist, River Arts, 2015-present
Demonstrating Artist, Tennessee Craft Week, 2016
Metal Clay Today contributing author 2017- Present
Metal Clay Today Editor Dec 2018- Present
TN Craft 50th anniversary exhibit @ Centennial Art Center, 2015
Collaborations @ MJCC, 2016, 2017, 2018
Brooks Holiday Artist Market, 2014, 2015
TN Craft Spring Fair, 2015
TN Craft Fall Fair, 2014
Cooper-Young Festival, 2012-2015
Cosmic Trunk Show 2015, 2016
Crafts & Drafts, 2015, 2016, 2018
Pink Palace Arts & Crafts fair, 2014-2019
River Arts, 2015-2019
Broad Ave Art walk, 2013
V&E Art Walk, 2013-2015
East Buntyn Art walk, 2012-2019
Crosstown 'Clectic, 2016, 2017
Art Harvest @ Jay Etkin Gallery, 2017
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