I’m a musician and sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. For most of my life, I’ve been balancing my passions between making music and creating sculpture. When I'm not on tour performing in theaters, folk clubs and festivals, I can be found in my sculpture studio (at The Falcon Art Community building in N Portland) with my hands in wet clay.
My sculpture work is mostly ceramic based, with the occasional addition of various materials (wood, wire, paper, metal, etc.) to complete the vision. The bulk of my work is surfaced with a tough, non-fired coating (modified gypsum/polymer resin) that includes a heavy dose of copper and iron powders which, after they cure and oxidize has the look and feel of worn bronze or distressed iron.
The number one inspiration for my art has been the natural world and finding expressive and engaging ways to portray what I see and feel. Whether an accurate biological rendering or a surreal statement, my process always begins with imagining a creature, person, or structure (sometimes all at once) somehow, differently. My work has evolved in reaction to witnessing our impact on the delicate balance of thriving and struggling species (co-dependencies with some vs. all out destruction of others). I explore the duality of what is fierce and fragile inside a form, amplifying the tension between survival and surrender, something we all endure as part of this wildly changing planet.