Contemporary art, traditional tools.
I create humorous, but sincere, images that convey messages not through complex imagery, but in multiple layers of simplicity. I use imagery of animals and children telling stories in an attempt to make sense of uncertainties in our world today, similar to the way traditional folktales and ancient mythologies tried to explain the unknown. I’m inspired by children’s book illustrations, folk tales, walks through the forest, and the daily news. Much of my exploration revolves around fear and courage, blind optimism, naïveté, and wonder.
Along with drawings and prints, I also make editioned artist books and crankies. I hand cut images from wood, linoleum, or rubber, then print them along with handset metal type on antique letterpress presses. The printed sheets are then bound into book structures that suit the content, such as traditional codex bindings or scrolls housed in custom boxes with cranking mechanisms. All works are made in-house from start to finish in my studios in West Asheville.
Represented in Asheville by Blue Spiral 1 (38 Biltmore Ave.)
Studio at Wedge Studios in the River Arts District (129 Roberts St.)
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