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As a real home is built piece by piece, my work is created layer by layer out of wood and paint. The memories and happiness that stem from reflection upon my family and childhood, and that create a sense of home, are interpreted through color, texture, and pattern. These elements are layered with geometric shapes to convey a sense of depth and history, sometimes a likeness to an actual "home," but most importantly, joy.


Born and raised in Western North Carolina, I helped my grandfather in his woodworking shop as a child, and learned traditional Southern handcrafts and painting from my grandmothers. Close ties to my family and a love of the mountains kept me in WNC even after earning a BFA and K-12 teaching licensure from UNC-Asheville. After working with a local craftsman for a number of years, I enrolled in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College. While my art has gone through several transitions over the years, it has remained rooted in my relationship with my loved ones.

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