I'm an artist and an anthropologist. My studio practice explores the confluence of nature, humanity, and technology; or rather matter, energy, and consciousness. My technique is grounded in the classical Roman and Byzantine mosaic medium, and executed in contemporary castoffs from the twenty-first century construction industry. I use salvaged materials not because I think I can save the world by recycling, but because the materials possess more depth and character having lived previous lives. I work directly with private clients, art consultants, architects, and designers to create site-specific fine art and architectural installations for a range of healing, commercial, and residential spaces.
I spoke at the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) annual summit in Philadelphia, PA, 11-14 March 2015, with co-panelists are Kelley Knickerbocker, Kate Jessup, Erin Pankratz-Smith, and moderator Karen Dimit. Our Pecha Kucha-style panel, entitled Beyond Technique: That Elusive 'Something More', was enthusiastically received. Stay tuned for the video version on YouTube.
I have an Etsy shop! All my years of seeking and finding rare and beautiful salvaged and otherwise unrecognized treasure has gradually amounted to too much for just me, so I opened Seattle Secret Stash to sell what I can't use at the best price I can offer. Much of my inventory is blown glass vessel shards from the Pacific Northwest's famous hot shops--swirly dappled iridescent vibrance to add an element of depth and movement to your artwork or installation.
Ether is one of ten artworks exhibiting at M3 Gallery in Pineville, NC. A number of them have sold and shipped out already, but here, these artworks inhabit the first two rows of my Studio page. Many of them grapple with the metonymic relationship between 'tile' and 'mosaic'.

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