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. Each game is both mentally and physically strenuous, creating layers of intensity,  opportunities to learn from your mistakes. The relationships forged in this sport prove to be life-long friendships because of the atmosphere of working together towards a common goal. Every lesson I learned playing football brought me to this life of glassblowing. My art stems from glassmaking because it has given me a way to express myself. As in football, I am able to hyper-focus on the task at hand, immersing myself in the present. All of my work is either made in multiples or constructed of parts attached together. In this way, like a series of games makes a season, I can unite individual events to create one beautiful experience.