I grew up in Maine as a deaf person. I also lived in Florida for few years and attended different schools in that state. When I was a student I found myself bored and indulged in daydreams. I was also a confirmed doodler during class, to the frustration of my teachers.
During my early teens I got involved with camping and enjoyed spending the summer months with family, particularly an uncle, who had different tools he taught me to use. He also taught me the skills of photography and film developing, woodworking, pottery, glass blowing, metal work; I was like a kid in a candy store, and I couldn’t learn fast enough. Of course, I also enjoyed traditional outdoors activities such as horseback riding, hiking, camping and canoeing.
Since that time in my life, I have been fascinated by the connection between art and science, and that became the inspiration for me to create. Creative energy is very powerful, and enhances my spirit in amazing ways.
From casual early interest, I went on to attend Tampa Technical Institute where I received an A.S. in commercial art. I returned to Maine for a time, and then went back to Florida where I graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design, BFA in Illustration, 2006.
I have a wonderer’s spirit which I channel into a variety of media including furniture design and working with recycled materials. The items I create tell a story full of history and characters. Woodworking and photography continue to be old friends. Maine inspires me, and I look forward to showing you my designs and ideas.