I grew up on a family farm in a small town in upstate NY, where through hard work I was able to acquire a great many practical skills and work ethic that has served me well as I continue into my career. Graduating from high school I started a computer science program at a local community college, quickly discovering that was not for me I ended up graduating with an associate degree in individual studies. During this time period, I first started getting into art. I started making small garden sculptures the summer I graduated from high school and ended up taking a few photography classes while at college. Over the next few years while helping run my part of my family business I continued to make sculpture, eventually buying a small piece of land building my own workshop. I gradually became involved with my local arts council and eventually became a member of the board of directors. After getting more involved in the arts I decided that is what I wanted to go back to school for. Perusing a degree in Digital and studio arts at Oneonta. While at school I was able to gain access to a wide arrangement of new tools and processes. Learning how to cast bronze, run CNC laser and plasma machines, and being exposed to new ways of approaching art. Participating in several juried shows and receiving art-based scholarships I could see that my artwork was quickly improving. I will be graduating in the spring of 2020 and plan to continue my education to earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at graduate school.
Like everyone my life has been a constant search for balance, this holds true for my artwork. Whether the piece looks balanced or seems to defy gravity, I find myself challenging the perceptions of what seems natural and what appears to be impossible. My work leads me to experiment with the relationships of objects and their interactions both on the page and with the environment. I find that there is a particularly important connection between sculpture and the world around it. The perception of an object can often change as easily as it can be moved. There is great satisfaction in the pull of attention that sculpture provides. When I bring in aspects of balance and motion into my work, I feel it creates a deeper connection to the observer while grounding it in the real world. There is a curiosity in all of us to constantly search for a deeper understanding of all things. Tapping into that curiosity, challenging it satisfies my own needs and leads me to new ideas with greater potential. As I continue to create, I hope to further explore these relationships by adding more aspects of motion and balance to my work.