After graduating from art school, I worked for 11 years, on and off, with a wooden boat builder in Philadelphia. Consequently, my art has been profoundly influenced by traditional wooden boat building techniques, materials, and the ever-present consciousness of making structures that interact with bodies of water. I like engaging with the idea of suspension - in the literal spatial/chemical sense, and in the more ephemeral sense related to time. My installations and my sculptural pieces explore this concept through visual repetition as well as a reference to the straight line, which is perhaps one of humankind's greatest inventions as no such phenomenon exists naturally. Much of my sculptural work also references the horizon, the greatest curve of which we know, disguised as a straight line. More recently, I've begun making sculptural pieces that are less formal and have a sense of narrative to them. I maintain an artistic practice that combines working on, in, or near the water with making pieces in my studio.












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