Artist's Statement

I work in many media, but two are my current favorites.  First, I greatly enjoy doing hand embroidery.  I find it to be a meaningful way to connect with some idea of heritage. I like to think of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers sitting by the fire of an evening keeping their husbands and children warm and comfortable.  Many hand crafts have been abandoned in this modern age and I fear that hand embroidery is not practiced as much as it should be in lieu of quicker, easier, mechanized methods of creating clothing and embellishment.  I like to think I'm doing my part in keeping this craft alive as well as bringing it into the modern age through my own designs and non-traditional stitchwork.
I also spend a great deal of time in painting. I have a particular interest in the use of texture beneath my work. I frequently adhere supplementary materials to my canvas or wood surface to create a more interesting surface for my subject. I have used materials ranging from various types of fabric to fibers to organic materials like leaves and sawdust.  The subjects I choose are usually simple and symbolic. I aim to capture a mood or a moment. Lately, I've been particularly interested in fish and trees.  My work can be seen periodically around the Knoxville area.  Exhibits and events can be seen by following the link above.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my portfolio here.  If you have any questions or comments about the work, feel free to email me. Inquiries regarding custom work are always welcome.
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