As an artist, I tend to create a semi-realistic female form, to stretch the natural truth of proportions to a curvier ideal of beauty. I enjoy working on a smaller scale, keeping my pieces within a square foot. My goal is to produce pieces on an near-life-sized scale, as realistically as possible while still conveying complete emotions. An abstract representation interests me as well. I find this outlet allows the creator a certain level of expression unobtainable through realistic means.
I prefer little more than an oxide wash on my sculptures. I feel it better conveys the physical expression of the piece without distracting from the details. However I am unafraid to experiment with contrasting matte and glossy glazes on more abstract forms. I am constantly attempting to push my abilities and test different techniques and skills in an effort to find my own voice.
In pottery, my aesthetic is rather similar to my sculptures – I prefer rounded, smooth shapes. I experiment much more heavily with layering glazes on pottery; I like the contrast of a simple, smooth silhouette with a much more complicated dripped, splashed, poured or speckled glaze on the surface. I find decorative slips to also be an effective way to enhance a pot through color and texture.
Teaching is another passion of mine. I greatly enjoy helping others develop their own skills. Clay is both a very forgiving and very formidable medium, so making it more approachable is very satisfying. Although I have taught other art subjects in the past, I hope to have more opportunities teaching clay as a medium going forward.
I am heavily influenced by antiquity artists, the Greco-Roman marble sculptors specifically. I am inspired by the creator’s interpretation of the human form, and in their clear reverence of it (especially in the depictions of gods and goddesses). The Winged Victory of Samothrace remains one of my favorite sculptures. The emotional figurative sculpture of the Italian baroque movement of the 1600s is especially compelling to me. Bernini and his marble sculptures are a perfect example. The human body facinates me, specifically how motion conveys intent as well as expression. Bernini exemplifies this superbly.
Nature is also a huge inspiration to me, an avenue I wish to explore further. I enjoy the more mythical human forms, combining nature and the human body (ie: dryads, mermaids, angels). I also wish to expand my abilities with sculpting more animals, specifically sea creatures.