CountySt. Mary's County
Artist StatementI create art out of common, everyday things. From discarded clothing to junk mail, I'm motivated by the context of a material—its original purpose and place in our lives as well as the many hands and ideas involved in its creation. I "make paint" by breaking these materials down, seeking out color and shape, and putting them back together again in ways that celebrate what we value and why it matters. It's sustainable in practice but, more importantly, fueled by a fascination of the elements we most cherish and wish to preserve in ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
A mentor of mine once said that if I was meant to be a writer, I would fail at everything else. So when people stumble upon me and my work and ask me how I came to call myself a sustainable artist, I tell them I failed my way into it. I wanted to be a physics professor and then a writer, someone who had the correct formulas and knew the workings of things. It took me over thirty years to figure out my passion involves playing with things others throw away and making art that asks more questions than it answers.