Ballet and the Blue Ridge Mountains seem unrelated but from an early age into the cusp of adulthood both defined my weekly routine. Dramatic lines, fluid movement, graceful arcs, upward curves and swells inform my ideas of beauty. The way light interacts with contours to create shadows and lines, describes mountains as well as the stage. Currently, I am left with the memory of ballet, but landscape continues to influence me each place I move. I consider my work an expression about place. In each new piece I seek balance and gesture informed by my surroundings.
Living near the idyllic foothills of Boise, Idaho, my ceramic artwork is influenced by my love of the American West. Full of blue skies spotted with white clouds, tall mountains, winding rivers, and sage-covered deserts, I'm inspired by imagery, color, and emotions experienced from simply being outside.
Originally born and raised in the Virginia, I moved west to study ceramic art at Utah State University and completed my Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2015. My ceramic ware is formed using traditional wheel and hand-building techniques. The surface is decorated in a combination of pouring and brushing on colored slips and carving through the layers to draw original designs. Even though my ceramic pieces look beautiful enough to grace a mantel or wall, each piece is also wonderfully practical and can be lovingly used in the home.