My journey as an artist has been quiet the ride. As long as I can remember I’ve quietly contemplated colors and shapes. Even in elementary school I was curious enough to stay after art class to ask to borrow a drawing tool. In the third grade I had enough self motivation and curiosity to give myself art projects in my free time.
Although I admire many ceramist from the past and currently in the industry, many of my greatest inspirations are in other fields within art. The architecture of Frank Gehry, the blown glass of Dale Chihuly and Josh Simpson, the iconic furniture of Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and George Nelson’s lighting. All of these artists have pushed the boundaries in one way or another with their respective materials and process. These greats were able to question the “rules” and think outside of the box in a significant way.
The influences listed above are often clearly evident in the various bodies of work that I create. Whether a stream lined form, or a piece of such scale it makes us laugh, I owe many of my works and motivation to artists that have lived before me and inspired me to rethink what could be considered beautiful.