In surrounding me with countless wonders, nature offers the clearest inspiration for all I create. A majority of this inspiration, I believe, stems from my understanding that nothing I construct in appreciation for the natural world will ever hold the same effortless perfection and remarkable intricacies as the original subject. However, it is not a drive to recreate nature’s beauty that compels my art, but rather the desire to increase my limited human awareness of the world around me.
Daily responsibilities quickly eclipse the quiet, ever-present spirit thriving beneath life’s obligations and commotions. Drawing, however, has provided a means to pause and examine those small wonders that I frequently overlook, whether the soulful individuality within an animal’s gaze, the unique veins and folds of each leaf and flower, or the perfect gradient of colors in every sunset. Through drawing, I attempt to capture both the outward details and inward essence of the subject at hand, gaining an appreciation deeper than I could ever glean as a mere passerby.
Following this mindset, I began college with the intention of focusing nearly exclusively on drawing and related two-dimensional media. While in school, however, I enrolled in a ceramics class and soon connected it to my original creative drive. As I learned the start-to-finish process of creating clay artwork, I recognized a unique brilliance in the ability to construct something beautiful from pure earth.
Since then, the ceramics process has garnered my attention and imagination as much as drawing, and as my work progresses, I hope to meld my fascination with capturing the spirit behind the natural world with my interests in working both two- and three-dimensionally. Just as no art form wholly captures nature’s effortless majesty, however, I am certain no medium will fully uncover the still, small voice present in the surrounding world. Even so, I believe the very impossibility of attaining complete understanding or achieving full expression will continue to offer inspiration as profound as nature itself.