Growing up on a farm in rural Kansas, I have always been an eager explorer. On the farm, there was always something new to discover and endless materials to build with. My upbringing in this world of possibility developed my creative mind.
There is something alluring about an abandoned house in the countryside, the weathered structure still proudly standing as a testament of a life gone. As I near the home and walk among the rubble, I am intrigued by the artifacts left behind. Clothes, shoes and other relics are proof that a life once existed among the decay. There is beauty in the way these houses fall apart. Sunlight shines through the rafters, peers through cracks in the windows, casting light on the floor much like the reflections through cathedral windows. The ideas gathered from my pilgrimages to these homes inspires the work I create. The need to recycle and use found objects is an important part of my work. I am most confident making canvases from old tablecloths and frames from salvaged wood. Supplies that have a history of their own can be utilized in the creation process. Artifacts from collapsed barns show tangible evidence of evolving rural landscapes. I have collected and milled wood from trees that were bulldozed for development, striving to use recycled materials before buying new. I weave these materials into my projects, much like the brushstrokes that make up the imagery itself.