Born and raised in the small town of Plain City, Ohio, my love for naturalistic and botanical forms began when I was a kid. My parents focused a lot on landscape design, filling our yard with flowers and shrubs of all shapes, sizes and colors. I spent many days exploring all of the different species living right there in our backyard.
As a result, my artwork focuses on recreating those botanical and naturalistic forms that are reminiscent of my childhood backyard.
By recreating objects and patterns that are often temporary, I am able to preserve their beauty by making them permanent objects, almost as if I were to freeze an object or moment in time. I choose to work with a combination of kiln cast glass as well as flameworked glass because it showcases the fragility that both glass and nature have in common.