My work is, in essence, a celebration of life. I have veiled and unconventional sense of humor that I try to bring forward through my work. I am somewhat fascinated with the macabre. My work attempts to make the ghoulish side of mortality seem more playful and less frightening. Tragedy and comedy are two sides of the same coin. The world view of “Why be afraid of death, its life that’ll kill you” is not one I created, but one that I subscribe to.
Whether guttural, intellectual, or sheer design oriented; art is an act of expression. The persistence of this expression depends on the preferred medium of an artist. A reoccurring statement in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic a Song of Fire and Ice that speaks to me is “Words are Wind”. This phrase speaks to me because it reflects the reason why I work primarily with ceramics. Clay endures. Fired ceramic works can last for thousands upon thousands of years. I know that most pieces I create will last many more years than I will, and thus my artistic voice will continue to be heard into the distant future.
The role of artist is, in part, that of an entertainer. After all, we both attempt to draw in and captivate an audience. My strategy for this relies on design of form and use of color. I want to give the viewer a lot to digest, so my works tend to employ a level of complexity. My sculptural forms are usually heavily textured to add an element of visual nuance. Being a screen printer as well, I know the value of layering colors to create additional depth. In sections of my art works, I incorporate bright commercial glazes as a base layer and then apply over-glaze and lusters. When these tactics are successfully applied in unison, the finished product is striking and allures investigation.