About the Artist
Growing up in Bellevue, Nebraska just down the street from the Fontenelle Forest Nature Preserve and taking youth art classes at the Offutt Air Force Base Art Building, I developed a young love for art and nature. I spent several summers between school years in high school and college as a nature educator at the FFA as well as constructing and painting set designs and educational materials for nature programs such as H2Omaha.
After graduating high school, I moved to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Art Institute earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in the Fiber Department. Many of my peers as well as myself were dabbling in crossing disciplines and in my junior year (2002/2003), the short lived Inter-Disciplinary Department was created. Students in my Fiber Department class were drawing and building sculpture as well as utilizing the more traditional weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, and beading techniques. I spent a portion of my senior year building a glass house and painting on bullet shell casings in addition to knitting, felting, and using beading techniques with found objects to create garment-like sculpture.
I graduated in 2004 and received awards for the "Highest Grade Point Average" in my class and the "Mentorship Award", which was bestowed upon me by the Junior Class of the Fiber Department for being an influential upper classman.
After graduation, I worked for several years at I.E. Handmade Fiber Art and Design Studio and occasionally exhibited work in Kansas City, MO. From there, I went on to work for the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas where I developed my graphic art and web design skills.
After moving to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2011, I began a new body of work combining weaving and painting techniques. Branching off of that body of art, I started making wearable art to sell at museum gift shops, galleries, and specialty stores. In 2012, my long time fascination with glass led me to begin taking classes in stained glass. And, I have continued to delve into the art of stained glass and glass fusing in conjunction with my Fiber work.
As an employee at Moon Marble Company, I was exposed to talented Contemporary marble makers, and I began making kaleidoscopes designed specifically for their handmade marbles. I currently attend the annual shows "Marble Crazy" at the Moon Marble Company and "Rockbrook Art Fair" in Omaha, NE selling my marble kaleidoscopes.
In addition to shows, I make work on commission and have received numerous commissions for both Woven Paintings and Stained Glass Panels. My work is exhibited in galleries across the USA. My fused glass kaleidoscopes were exhibited in an internationally juried show "Kaleidoscopes: Spectrum" in partnership with The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland in April - May 2019, and I was honored to have the first piece sold during the exhibit. My woven painting, "Reflections on Surface Tension" was published in the "Materialities" Catalog in the Fall of 2015, which was an internationally juried publication in conjunction with the International Surface Design Association's "Made Aware" Exhibit at the 2015 Surface Design Conference.
Contact the Artist
Email: Phone: 402-840-7076