I received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Florida in 2008 and have continued my education as a maker through summer workshops in blacksmithing and mixed media sculpture at Penland School of Craft and Haystack Mountain School of Craft since 2009. In 2010 I opened my own metalworking studio in Gainesville, FL and in 2011 I co-founded an artist collective called Art Lab.
My art portfolio consists of a wide range of work, but all hold true to the philosophy that art is for the people. As Bread and Puppet’s manifesto goes “art is like good bread”. Art is for everyone and should be everywhere. I began creating work to engage with the public outside of the traditional gallery setting while I was in school. I continued to make art for all ages and backgrounds after graduating, and have since concentrated on a growing portfolio of public sculpture, with a focus on metalworking.
I recently worked with the graduating class of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine to create a monumental sculpture, Cycle, which stands as a permanent fixture at the U.F. Small Animal Vet Hospital. I am currently working on The Giving Tree, commissioned by the City of Gainesville and scheduled for installation at the Senior Recreation Center in the spring of 2012.
My approach to public art is to capture a vision of a community or place and to create an iconic sculpture that activates that space. Each piece is designed for the location it stands in and for the spirit of the people that surround it. The satisfaction of engaging with a public through my art drives me to create these larger than life sculptures, even through the hottest Florida days.