Originally from Richmond, Virginia, I relocated to the Lowcountry almost 10 years ago and now call Charleston home. Inspiration is always found in the beauty and simplicity of the South Carolina Coast. For this reason, I am passionate about being an environmentally conscientious artist and I make it my mission to create eco friendly art. While my eclectic collection includes pieces in mixed media collage, clay and paint, my work in found object sculpture brings me the greatest joy and satisfaction.
As a self-taught artist, my creative process is guided by two principles. First and most importantly, produce art that makes people happy. Second, strive to be an environmentally conscientious artist whose work has a positive impact on the environment and celebrates recycling as an art form. Using mostly discarded, abandoned and reclaimed materials, my "environmental folk art" honors those forgotten things. That shattered, busted and cracked piece of metal or wood lying in the streets or on the beach is the focal point of my found object sculptures. There is an abundance of items thrown away, left behind and forgotten on a daily basis that are free, plentiful and readily available. Every nail, screw, bottle cap, piece of wood, wire or metal has its own story as it has gone through some journey to end up discarded. Each item was useless on its own. The twisted nails, metal scraps and old bottle caps display an individual weak roughness, but when paired with other fragmented pieces, they convey strength. Their interaction with one another is accomplished through detailed layering in a graphic and interesting medley highlighted with bold, vibrant colors to create an unusual balance of industry and art. When damaged, disconnected and incomplete things come together in an unexpected and imaginative way, a distinct plainness becomes a raw form of beauty. Who would have thought a pull-tab or bottle cap could be repurposed as a fish gill? Or a broken coat hanger serve as the outline of a bird?
By rescuing these forgotten items from the streets and beaches of Charleston, I am doing my part to keep these things from polluting the landfills, streets and waterways. I hope to challenge viewers to see if they can locate various discarded items and gain new appreciation for their artistic purpose.
As a Southern artist, I am always looking forward to finding new opportunities and new audiences to share and exhibit my art. Hospitals, organic grocery stores, libraries and courthouses throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have acquired my work.