Artist Statement

My work is architecturally inspired adornment for space that is reaction to life, nature and interpersonal communication.  I draw inspiration from the dynamics of the western landscape, the traditional art forms of Oceanic, Asian and Northwest Coast Native American cultures as well as drawing upon modern architectural achievements.  The blending of cultural references in my work refers to the merging or borrowing of Eastern and Western cultures within each other, resulting in a homogenizing world.

Each sculpture starts with a strong simple form(s) and is created out of metal, stone and wood elements.  The dynamics and form narrate the story behind each piece describing something that I see within myself or in the world around me.  The incorporation of architecture references the way in which knowledge, wealth and great accomplishments of past civilizations are marked and evaluated through their art and architectural creations. The results are pieces that narrate dynamics within our world.

Each piece carries a message of seeking balance within our selves, one another, and with our environment. My work inspires the viewer to value and hold respect for Nature while encouraging a new view of going forward into the future seeking balance. Incorporating art into life, and life into art, are my goals and I am driven to pursue them as far as I can.

 

Bio

I have followed generation after generation in my family of being a maker, while being the first to venture in to the world of fine art.  Art was important early in my life, I developed a strong infatuation with any educational opportunity to learn about visually communicating.  My history and experiences are what feed my art.  Born 1979 a native to Colorado, vast open spaces and dramatic plane changes are important to me and communicate where I am from.  A love for various cultures is important in informing my art; references to Eastern culture, Western culture and Native cultures all can be found in my work.  My life path also plays an important part in feeding my work.  Starting out as a machinist, I learned how to transform metal through the use of various tools. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Art degree at MSCD and during this time I realized how important workshops, lectures and short mentorships can be as they have really shaped me as an artist as well. Seeking to be more involved in the arts I took a job at a designer jewelry company, Todd Reed Inc.  Working my way up from a bench jeweler I have found myself working close with the designer on new designs as well as taking on a managerial role.  That experience has really fortified my sense of design, production and leadership. The most influential artists that I have worked with are Mike Clapper, Carl Reed, Mark Cezark, and Vivian Beer.  Visually communicating through making art is very important to me; it is imperative for me to be in the studio as much as possible

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ART INSTALLATIONS:

Link, 2018, Lake Dillon Theater company, 460 Blue river Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 80498 (2018-2019)

Feather, 2017 Niwot Sculpture Park, Niwot rd & 79th street Niwot, CO 80503 (2018- 2019)

Barriers; Gathering, 2015, One Boulder Plaza, 1801 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Arrowleaf Awning, 2015, Private Residence, Boulder, CO 80302

Time Adrift, 2008, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, 9083 Roche Harbor Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Trinity Turn Style, 2007, Auburn, WA 98092

Passage, 2006, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, 9083 Roche Harbor Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

ART EXHIBITIONS:

2019 Sculpture in the Park, Show & Sale, Benson Sculpture Park Loveland CO

2018 Sculpture in the Park, Show & Sale, Benson Sculpture Park Loveland CO

2018 Expressions West, COOS Art Museum Coos Bay, OR

2017 Sculpture in the Park, Show & Sale, Benson Sculpture Park Loveland CO

2016 Own an Original, Show & Sale Littleton Museum of Art Littleton, CO

2016 Sculpture in the Park, Show & Sale, Benson Sculpture Park Loveland CO

2015 Local Artist show- Vilona Gallery Boulder CO

2012 Bold Doors– Community based art exhibition & juried competition Boulder CO

2011 26th Annual National Juried Fine Art Show, Louisville Art Association, CO

2007 “99 Pieces on the Wall” art auction VSA arts of Colorado

2007 Metro Now- Juried student exhibition- Honorable mention, Denver, CO

2006 Metro Now- Juried student exhibition, Denver, CO

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES:

Anderson Ranch 2016: Vivian Beer “Realizing Digital Design”

Anderson Ranch 2011:  Mark Cezark “Ideas in Steel”

Anderson Ranch 2009:  Carl Reed “Developing Steel Sculpture”

Albert Paley (COMA conference):  Lecture and slide show

Hoss Haley (COMA conference):  Lecture, slide show and demos

Bill Dawes (COMA conference):  Workshop and demos

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS:

Fellowship:  Anderson Ranch 2016: Vivian Beer “Realizing Digital Design”

Scholarship:  Anderson Ranch 2009:  Carl Reed “Developing Steel Sculpture”

Honorable mention: 2007 Metro Now- Juried student exhibition-, Denver, CO.

REPRESENTATION:

Globe Fine Art - 727 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM. 87501

PUBLICATIONS

Boulder Lifestyles, March 2015

Cherry Creek Lifestyle, October 2015

AFFILIATIONS

Colorado Metalsmithing Association ( COMA) 2006- present