“I’ve been making things for literally as long as I can remember. I realize most kids today have craft projects in kindergarten and throughout grade school. However, my passion for art continued and blossomed in high school and on through college (BA, University of Louisville) and graduate school (MFA, Yale University). I started making furniture and lighting out of necessity for my own home and needs.”
On my Fresco Panels:
Although I would not consider these works ‘process derived’, I would like to describe briefly the process of making them because it is such an integral part of my interpretations and discovery. Essentially they are cast panels of Hydrostone gypsum plaster. First, magery is made by pouring powdered graphite and other dry pigments diluted in alcohol onto Mylar vellum. Once the alcohol has evaporated, I cut the vellum and reconfigure into patterns. These patterns are inspired by early Chinese lattice designs, many of which I saw from childhood.
Barrier walls are place around a square composition. I then pour the wet plaster on top of it to a depth of 1/2''. Once the plaster is set, I separate the panel from the vellum and a final impression has captured pigments similar to that of fresco painting.”
On my Lamps:
“My main study in school was sculpture, thus my lamps became sort of utilitarian sculpture. I always admired the rice paper lamps of the artist Isamu Noguchi. I like to think I picked up where he left off. Whereas his lamps play on symmetry, mine, being asymmetrical, allow every viewing perspective to be unique.