Howdy all! Here is a little bit about me & my journey…
I enjoy creating unique dimensional sculpture art using metal, wood and glass. The use of these materials launched after graduating from Herron School of Art & Design in 2016. What began as a distinct interest in furniture design resulted in a Bachelors degree in Sculpture. II found that my furniture lacked the conceptualism that was needed to stand out in the design field. Sculpture allowed me to continue building but I could incorporate other mediums and experiment with materials I had not used previously. During my time at Herron I took a glass class where a new passion grew. The textures of the three materials, wood, glass and metal would soon become what interested me most. When you combine the sharp, shiny edges of glass, with rough wood and the hard strength of metals they communicate to me and to each other like that of our diverse world.
Just before graduating from Herron, I was invited to share a studio in the Stutz Art & Business building by local metal artist, Michael Swolsky. As he was preparing to retire from his 45+ year adventure in metal arts he was hoping to share his secrets with someone. Of course, I did not hesitate to accept this opportunity.
In February of 2017, I was given yet another amazing opportunity. This time I was offered the opportunity to teach art in a K-8 IPS Magnet school until the end of the school year. Again, I didn’t pass it up. Two weeks in to the adventure I realized I was in love with teaching art. By June of 2017 I was enrolled in a Transition to Teaching program at Indiana Wesleyan University to obtain my teaching certification with a specialization in Visual Arts. I taught at James A. Garfield IPS #31 in the Bates Hendricks community until March of 2019. In September of 2019 I began teaching at Boone Meadow Elementary in the Zionsville Community School District.
I continue to experiment with new ways to integrate mixed materials. My latest mix is adding live air plants to my work. ‘The idea of using live plants that don’t require soil to survive in a sculpture is more exciting than ice cream made of snow!’
Make sure to check back in to see a list of upcoming shows and to see my latest work.