Artist’s Statement

Stirred by remnants found in barns, factories or abandoned in fields, I approach this work as an archeology of sorts; a gathering of essence, as I see it., excavating artifacts forged by industry, agriculture, use and decay. I have a deep reverence for the beauty and authenticity that ripens from years of service, exposure to the elements, and the passing of time. I am drawn to the patina, sense of place, and the story evident in these objects.

This is an introduction to a style of work and a process inspired by the music and mythology of Appalachia. I combine elements from farms, attics, sawmills and sheds throughout Tennessee to form sculpture, furniture, décor, and lighting. I am compelled to integrate a sense of terrior to my work.

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