My work explores shape, texture, color and complex patterns… re-imagining wood as woven and beaded basketry by taking simple, functional shapes and transforming them into touchable illusions that blur the fine craft/fine art distinction. I use fire, ink, and sharpened steel to create story-driven, optimistic artwork Inspired by Native Culture storytelling, legend and mythology – created using the simplest of geometric forms, a 1/8” burned line.
I am self-taught; a 2nd-generation wood artisan. The unexpected discovery that “…it’s wood…” often provokes conversation and delight. Since my artwork is story-driven, as I carve and color, the narrative emerges. The wood canvas adds its own voice to the creation. Wood art is the tree that lives on – the warmth and shade and protection sustained and brought inside. Listen well and the wood will speak.