I enjoy creating forms that have a resonance of nature, yet harbor some uncertainty about exactly where in nature they occur. I am passionate about clay as a material for the endless possibilities it yields. The other materials I use in conjunction are either found outside, typically from animals or trees, or something that has been processed by man, be it wood, plastic, or metal. I find myself being most inspired by simply being outside and mentally bringing back what I see to the studio. I am curious about the natural systems of repetition that occur in our lives and in our natural environment, and continue to actively investigate them.
The MARC fellowship is a gift which will continue to inspire me indefinitely, the impact of which I have not yet come to understand completely. Like all good transformational experiences, they reveal themselves slowly over time. The residency afforded me the time and space to rest, reflect and regroup in a bucolic environment amongst a supportive and creative community. It became very clear to me how special Monhegan is, as each person I encountered shared a deep love and connection to the island. A connection I now share with them.
The residency provided me with an opportunity to focus solely on my work- no distractions at all. Heading out painting every day allowed me to get into a rhythm that would be difficult to achieve with all the other distractions of daily life- living a hermetic existence for a while helped me live the work.