I am a full-time artist creating sculpture and jewelry inspired by plants and insects. My current sculptural works and wearable art are influenced by research of the flora and fauna of central Texas and the plants and insects in my personal gardens.
Most of what I create is dually seated in both jewelry and sculpture. The two mediums constantly inform one another in my methods of construction and abstraction. My entrance into jewelry design was very much guided by my desire to create miniature sculptures. In the last four years, I have been experimenting with scaling my work up, creating larger sculptural works and public works of art.
I have been working as a jewelry designer for over a decade, and in that time I have been able to continue exploring sculptural concepts.
born: Lafayette, La
grew up in Jackson, Mississippi
BFA 2005: University of Southern Mississippi
MFA 2007: San Francisco Art Institute
Austin, Tx: 2010 - present
I spent most of my time as a child growing up in Mississippi and Louisiana surrounded by an abundance of biodiversity. I was always curious about organisms in the undergrowth and learning about plants. I attribute my lasting fascination with learning about and incorporating plants and insects into my current work to my early exposure to learning about them as a child.
My most recent works specifically focus on my interest in geometric patterns in native central Texas plants. My sculptural works and wearable art objects are influenced by my research and field studies of the flora and fauna of central Texas and my garden. Discovery and curiosity remain driving forces behind my creative process and I strive to retain the element of discovery in the experience of viewing my creations.