Artist Statement

I use my body as a conduit for my mind to create confidence. Football is the perfect medium.

Challenging, rewarding, terrifying; this game is a microcosm of life. There are ups and downs, factors that you can and cannot control. You learn how to work with others intuitively, understanding your role on the team. The game is both mentally and physically strenuous, creating layers of intensity, and opportunities to learn from your mistakes. The relationships forged in this sport prove to be life-long friendships through the atmosphere of working together towards a common goal.

For these reasons I am drawn specifically to glass as a medium.

My art stems from glassmaking because, like football, I am able to hyper-focus on the task at hand, immersing my mind and body in the present to work intuitively with others. These relationships I have cultivated with people and the material is where I draw most of my inspiration. For these reasons I am heavily interested in emotions and the parallelism to color. My palate is very primary based, as I recall certain toys, cartoons, household objects, and even clothes that influence my aesthetic choices. In this way, I make vessels, lighting, and sculpture that attempts to bridge the gaps between concept, design, and function.