“We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence...”
I grew up on a farm in Waynesville, North Carolina. I spent many afternoons there collecting little odds and ends that I found on our land like bird nests, feathers, interesting clumps of dirt, moss, leaves, bones, fur, twigs, bugs, and other tiny things. I continue that tradition of collecting and gathering in my paintings today.
My work combines painted scenes and organic found ephemera with resin. Each piece is individually hand painted with toothpicks, brushes, and pens, embedded in thick layers of resin, then cut and polished into delicate, dreamlike 3-D landscapes populated by birds, bears, foxes and other creatures.
I studied at North Carolina School of the Arts, in France, Italy, and Nepal, and received a BFA degree in sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2000. I have shown my work in about 20 stores and galleries throughout the US and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago Store, The SFMOMA Museum Shop, the Seattle Art Museum Store, and G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. You can also find me and my line of Fernworks jewelry at various indie craft shows throughout the country like the Renegade Fairs in Chicago, Brooklyn, Austin, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and the Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle along with many others.
I also really like and am often inspired by: Birds and ornithology, dioramas, road trips, trails, botany, reliquaries, old maps, iconography, miniatures, landscapes, weather, tea, snow, tundra, autumn, dirt, ancient history, old-fashioned things, relics, owl pellets, old photos, geology, small mammals, the Puget Sound, dreams, Indian art, and fires....
I just recently moved back to Asheville, NC after an 8 year hiatus in the Pacific Northwest and I now create art full time at my home studio with my husband, Eli and 3 year old son, Milo Gray.Come over and find me on Facebook too!