I was born and raised in southwest Michigan; I grew up sitting in snowbanks, picking up rocks along Lake Michigan, and playing in the dirt.
In May of 2008 I received my BFA in Ceramics & Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. During 2008/2009 I worked as an artist-in-residence & studio assistant at Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, Michigan. I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida for a year-long opportunity as an artist-in-residence & instructor at the Armory Art Center during 2009/2010.
South Florida sure is a strange place. Between the saltwater, weather, cycling and professional opportunities – I extended my stay for further investigation. Currently, I am a studio assistant working with a sculptor; I execute all mold-making, warm glass casting, cold work & finishing techniques, a variety of clay related projects.
The flora, fauna – and drastically varied landscapes of this region fascinate and intrigue me. From the pristinely pruned and hedged Palm Beach estates sitting on the Atlantic, to the preserved wildlife management areas and sugar cane fields to the west, and all the mediocre strip malls in between. The thunderstorms and long summer days dripping with humidity, lizards of all shapes and sizes, and strange new creatures that look to be from prehistoric times; tropical birds to snow birds it is quite an adventure!