and Experiments

Saturation Point, enamel, copper, glass, 10 x 14 inches, 2020. Made during a 24-hour art making event called Flat Out Under Pressure and exhibited at the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, SC.

Ceres, steel, copper, laser-cut leather, 4 x 2 x 3 ft, 2017. Photo Credit: Blake Smith

More views of Ceres (photo credit: myself, and you can see why Blake is the professional here).

Second collaboration with Elizabeth Speaker (check out her instagram @elizabethspeakerstudio) and worn on the runway for the 2017 Exhibition in Motion at the SNAG conference, with the theme of "Unmasked: Conceal and Reveal."

Unfurling, copper, paper, thread, 4 x 2 x 1 feet, 2016.

Photo Credit: Blake Smith, multi-media artist

Collaboration with awesome paper artist Elizabeth Speaker (check out her instagram @elizabethspeakerstudio) and worn on the runway for the Exhibition in Motion at the Society of North American Goldsmith's conference.

Transitional Works

Some of my favorite pieces have been experiments or "one-offs."

These pieces along with collaborations with other artists keep me fresh in the studio and often lead to new bodies of work.

Lost Sea, enamel, copper, glass, 14 x 11 inches, 2016

This enamel wall piece was made as part of the Metropolitan Arts Council's Flat Out Under Pressure, an annual 24-hour-art-making event.

The imagery refers to the loss of freshwater bodies of water such as the Aral Sea due to human diversion and overconsumption.

It was exhibited at the Blaze International Enameling Exhibition in Taiwan and at the Richmond Art Center. Check out my similar work below with the enameled metal encapsulated in glass, like a fossil in amber.

Aral Sea Series: Desiccate, Deplete, and Dispossess. Glass, enamel, copper, silver, brass, nickel; 2015, each 6 x 6 x 5 inches. Ties into the Undesirables Series. Heading into a new series focusing on climate catastrophe, along with Saturation Point (at the top of the page) and Lost Sea above.

Earthquake. Enamel on copper, 8.5 x 11 inches, 2012. Click here to check out my similar Sunset series.

Krakatoa, enamel, copper, wood, 22 x 22 inches, 2013

This piece metaphorically compares the loss of loved ones to natural disaster. The egg shapes refers to my archaeological drawings of pot burials. The appropriated map image depicts impact measurement zones across the earth. This piece was made as part of the Metropolitan Arts Council's Flat Out Under Pressure, a 24-hour-art-making event. The piece below deals with similar themes.

Out of Time, enamel, silver, gold, graphite, 2013, handmade chain 15 in, locket 3 x 2 x 1 inches. The ovoid or egg becomes a motif, also explored in the Undesirables.

Targets, enamel on steel, 2002, 28 x 15 inches

Population Density, enamel on steel, 2002, 28 x 15 inches

Cannons and Stars, enamel on steel, 2002. 30 x 28 inches.

The pieces above were made as a mash-up response to 9/11 and a museum exhibit about the American Civil War. These pieces led into my Patterns of Conflict series.

2018 Collaboration with ceramic artist Kelly King, my awesome colleague at the Fine Arts Center!

Romantic Rendition brooch, copper, enamel, sterling, topaz, citrine, 3 x 2 x 1, 2015.

Collaboration with Katie Poterala, jeweler extraordinaire, FAC Alumna and fellow instructor! Check out her new venture Make Made here in Greenville!