About The Artist

From the beginning the process of transforming soft malleable clay into something solid and permanent struck me as magical. Over the years that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from just being a hobbyist to artist. Ceramics fills me with a sense of accomplishment. It has proven a vehicle for translating inner vision into true form.
After I have created a piece I envision how it will be received by the people who view it. Whether it be one in awe or with laughter. I find if I think to much before I start a project how people will receive it, it inevitably hinders or even defeats my creative process. I love being able to picture something in my mind or start with an abstract idea and just let the processes take over.
I love working with clay and the three dimensional form. People say clay has a memory and a mind of its own and I find this to be true. When starting a piece I have some expectation of how it will look but, most often the clay has other plans and you just have to listen to it. I very rarely draw out what I plan to do. I find having something that you have to refer back to puts limitations or constraints on how the piece will grow and change into something wonderful. By the time a piece is finished, the original vision for the piece intended is just a shadow of the final product. The ultimate result is 100% better than I ever could have imagined.
My work ranges in inspiration from Japanese form and fluidity to modern Tattoo flash art. I was lucky enough to be able to travel a lot when I was young, throughout the United States and overseas. As a result of my experiences I am able to draw inspiration from different regions and cultures.
One area of inspiration that I am fascinated with is The Day of the Dead from Mexico.  The darkness of the content verses the bright and vibrant colors draws me in. I’m also inspired by old Catholic religious art, the 1950’s retro style, black and white movies, cult classic movies and everyday life.