Born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma, I grew up with a lot of time on my hands for thinking, reading, and making. I attended the University of Oklahoma for 6 years and emerged in 2005 with 199 credits, a BA in Philosophy, minors in Art History and Psychology, and a Summa Cum Laude BFA in Studio Art with emphases in painting and ceramics. Then, I moved to Massachusetts to attend UMass Dartmouth for my MFA in Sculpture, where I began to use non-traditional materials such as wire, plastic, and fabric for my biomorphic, abstract sculptures.
I love the process of making, and I love working with students engaged in it as well.
I encourage my students to experiment as much as they can and begin to work in tune with their own individual creative processes and motivations.
I think that I learn as much from my interactions with students and their creative experiments as they do from my instructions, advice, and encouragement.