As a conceptual sculptor, I use form to invite the viewer to look inside my pieces. I believe what's going on inside my work (and inside people) is much more interesting and important than the outer form. My abstract works, as well as my more recent figurative pieces, invite viewers to look inside for symbols and often evoke emotions in the viewer, allowing them to confront those feelings.
My works cover a wide range of emotions, from fierce and wrenching to light and whimsical. The DUNIES (families of creatures who reside in the Dunes of Northwestern Indiana) which I created, speak to our inner child and invite it to come out and enjoy a rich fantasy life. At the other end of the spectrum, some of my work reflects the grief associated with profound losses in life.
It's not important that we (the artist and viewer) have the same experiences; what is important is that we relate to a similar emotion. If my work can touch the emotions and experiences of others, I am fulfilled as an artist.
Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN - Master of Science
Indiana University Bloomington, Hammond, IN - Bachelor of Science