2018 Essential Artist Award
The preservation of a disappearing landscape through imagery on ceramics is the reason I create. Inspired conceptually by the regionalist painters of the early 20th century who sought to document the rural landscapes of America, I see myself as a modern Regionalist working with clay. I make pottery, murals, and sculpture decorated with the landscapes, flora, and fauna of the Midwest. This region is being vastly altered by commercial development and urban sprawl, forever changing its natural character. My hope is that the daily use and viewing of the work will be a gentle reminder to the public of the vanishing natural world around us.