Through my undergraduate career, I was exposed to several art practices, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, metals, digital art, film photography, and ceramics. I gravitated toward painting and digital art primarily, and explored higher level studio classes in these art forms. Through my work as a teacher and facilitator at museums, I have also learned several techniques of fiber art, how to operate a laser cutter and 3D printer, as well as make just about anything out of recycled materials. I guess you could consider me an "interdisciplinary artist." I am also a dancer, and was a part of a contemporary dance company, "Dance Theatre," as an undergraduate. Dance has influenced my artwork, and acts as an additional medium to explore. I find joy in communicating ideas through a variety of media, and therefore practice communicating ideas across media, in that I have most recently transformed concepts from my dance choreography, to fine art, digital art, and vice versa.
I confront art the same way I do dance, fearlessly. As a professor once told me, “it’s best to approach your work much like a man with his hair on fire approaches a pond: headfirst and at full speed.” Likewise, I approach my artistic endeavors headfirst and at full speed. My artwork is often described, both artistically and kinesthetically, as a hot mess eventually transformed into a pristine work. I find myself constantly moving until something successful emerges. Like dance choreography, drawing and painting allow for freedom to move about, work quickly and aggressively, and renovate mistakes. I am a movement-oriented person, therefore my works all possess a sense of activity. My art is explorative, dynamic, and always transforming. I am constantly working towards advancement and variation technically and thematically. Art gives the opportunity for boundless creativity and innovation. My sincere hope is that I can share my ideas and joys of art to others through my work and teaching.