"Pattern, texture and vibrant color are important elements in my work. Through embellishment of surface and form, I work to highlight the importance of the vessels I make in the hopes that their own elevated status is translated to the foods and drinks that will be contained within them. My goal is to pursuade those who use my pottery to understand and appreciate the magnificence and importance of food, thus advancing the users own relationship with my vessels and what they contain."
"My most recent sculptures feature dolls exploring the origin of play in fantastical or imaginary scenes, all created from the cultivation of found, cast or purely invented objects. This process of finding objects and assigning new meaning or function is a pivotal ignition of invention that I strongly believe every person needs for the development of creativity and imagination. By assigning a new function to objects I am instilling a surreal, dream-like quality to my work that encourages the viewer to revive certain esoteric, child-like thought processes that exist deep within their own imaginations."
“Illustration is what first ignited my interest in art and I continue to be interested in visual storytelling. My thesis show is a retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood mixed with contemporary elements and a chance for me to bring narrative and fine art together.”
"This is my first large-scale painting - it’s an 8’ x 13.5’ landscape of my home state of South Dakota. My work strives to emulate the harshness of the land, the improbability of making a living off of it, and the perseverance of those who decided to stay and do just that."
"Developing one’s own identity is a big part of the human experience. My work is a play between childhood identity hurdles and the same issues that can follow us into maturity. I see mutations and changes in a personality and character as one accumulates knowledge, experience and endures hardship. These changes continue long after the developmental stages are over and the child is no longer. So then, where does the fairytale end and reality begin?"
"So many of us struggle with depression. Depression is an illness that morphs the way you view the world. For most of those who suffer it’s an invisible dark passenger that we secretly carry within. This is my art. It’s about exposing an intimate, vulnerable and debilitating illness."
" Imaginarium: I am using the camera obscura– a term first used by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler in 1604, literally translating to "darkened chamber"– to enhance the mystery of my creatures while simulating the experience of discovering the strange and extraordinary sights of explorers in long forgotten histories. I don’t think of myself as a creator; rather, I consider myself to be merely entangled with these creature’s deaths. “