MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementOne of the main reasons I create these pieces is my love of paper. By using paper, I can envision entire pieces by looking at the patterns, color, and texture, then looking at how it can be transformed in simple, yet interesting ways. Often times what directs my pieces is either a focus on a particular color combination, a holiday, or a monthly theme. There are so many choices and selection to choose from, that I need a bit of structure to keep from being overwhelmed. However, with a focus on organization and discipline, I am working towards increasing my output of both themed pieces and spontaneous designs.
I was born and raised in Maryland, and in 2016 I graduated from the Maryland Institute College
of Art earning a BFA in animation. Though I came in with a background in 3D animation and
modeling, I ended my program focused on cut paper stop motion. I fell in love with both
working with my hands and the meticulous act of making the puppets and moving them bit by
bit. This experience has come to influence my work through to today. I take my fascination with
the feel and pattern of paper and use it to create paper-craft illustrations and the occasional