“We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence...”
I grew up on a farm in western 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 and line of resin jewelry 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.
You can find my work in stores and galleries throughout the US and abroad, as well as at various indie craft shows throughout the country like the Renegade Craft Fairsin Chicago, Brooklyn, Austin, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, The Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle and 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 moved back to Asheville, NC with my husband Eli and our 5 year old son, Milo Gray after an 8 year hiatus in the Pacific Northwest. I now create art full time in a little hut in my backyard.
Thanks so much for visiting!
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