Biography

I am fortunate to make my living as an artist, sharing my visions in a medium to which I fell deeply connected. I currently focus on realism with an emphasis on the design and texture of one-of-a-kind hand-carved ceramic trompe l’oeil sculptures carved to look like birch trees, charred wood and weathered logs. In the past I have also done explorations into realistic pine and hardwood trees.

Works are included in many permanent collections including among others The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum. Pieces are also included in many esteemed private collections on five continents.

Works have been contributed to nearly 90 exhibitions and have been represented at some of the world’s top art and design shows including TEFAF Maastricht (Netherlands), Design Miami/Basel (Switzerland), Design Miami (Florida), The Salon: Art + Design (NY), SOFA Chicago and The Smithsonian Craft Show.

In 2013 Walking with Softer Steps became my first fully cataloged solo show and was arranged and held at Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan. In 2016 I was honored by the James Renwick Alliance as the 2016 Distinguished Artist in Ceramics at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Pieces have appeared on the covers of AmericanStyle and Pottery Making Illustrated, and in the pages of Ceramics Monthly, American Art Collector, Modern, NICHE, American Craft, Clay Times, The Crafts Report, Design 360º (China), Ceramic Art (Taiwan), Lark Books’ 500 Teapots, Volume 2, as well as in many other books and calendars on ceramic art.

I hold a BA in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. While there and at the school’s London Center I also studied art and architecture history.

After a successful sixteen year corporate marketing career I transitioned to a life in clay. My primary applied art training came in the form of two artist residencies studying with Ah Leon and clay masters in Taiwan.

My influences include the historic Yixing teapots of the 1600s, Japanese wabi sabi philosophy, Asian calligraphy and paintings, L. C. Tiffany glass windows, and of course…birch trees, the angels of the forest.