Like many here on the North Carolina coast I am downright infected
with a love of the water. The full realization of this occurred for me in
2002, just before I decided to go back to school. The harrowing journey
of applying to and completeing graduate school in metal design at East
Carolina University, was punctuated by weekends and summers here on
Wrightsville Beach. I came to realize my roots run deep into a land that
won't perk. Water is in my blood so to speak. And much like the creeks
here my artistic background meandered through many disciplines. My
BA was earned at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in mostly
painting and printmaking. After college I dabbled in ceramics for four
years with Hiroshi Sueyoshi. He encouraged me to try making jewelry.
At the time I worked for TS Brown Jewelry and was influenced by the
selection of handmade work by Ed Levin, David Virtue and others. I took
workshops with Lucinda Brogden and Keith LoBue at Arrowmont, visited
Penland. I have also worked for watercolorist Mary Ellen Golden and her
graphic designer son John for over ten years. learning to watercolor, cut
mats and negotiate Photoshop and Dreamweaver. I have now basically
decided I was hopelessly an artist no matter the medium.

Earning my MFA in metal design in 2006 at ECU under the wings of the
fine professors there; Linda Darty, Robert Ebendorf, Tim Lazure,
MiSook Hur, Kelly Adams, Hana Jubran, Leah Force and Ray Elmore to
name a few,(click here for images)was the culmination of possibly the
finest three years of my life. I worked, cried and partied with some of the
metalsmithing world's finest new talents (many located in my links section).

My loves lie in the found object, Rennaissance history, wunderkammer and
the origins of Natural History, and of course the waterways and landscape of
my southern home. I grew up in this sleepy, steamy town on the coast that is
no longer a secret. Movies are filmed here, people flock here to buy up what
remains of of the waterfront. I used to dream of fleeing, now I dream of
preserving what's left. My new found love of kayaking along with my thesis
research into water as a metaphysical element, have irreversibly influenced
what I make. As the region I love slowly becomes the stuff of museums, I
gather and collect, hoarding bits found in the sunbleached dunes on the spoil
islands, filling my pockets with rusted pieces and shards of glass from parking
lots where bungalows once stood. I am a remnantographer, spinning visual
stories from the forgotten, cast offs that are the universe's tiny gifts.