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I am a collector of things botanical.  Not of houseplants but of the parts of nature that the earth leaves behind as evidence of the changes it continually moves through.  There exists a parallel of our lives with the ephemeral essence of the earth within this organic detritus.  Seasons change and storms leave me material to work with.  Trees shed their bark and insects move on to new dwellings.  I bring it all back and live with it in my studio.  Some of these materials remain as they are and some continue to change, to oxidize and disintegrate.  This does not bother me.  The organic nature of the material is what defines my efforts and I can appreciate the alterations that I am able to sometimes capture in my own work.  

bio

The brain tumor at age 10 left me stumbling through childhood. Ceramics was the way I found to stand on my feet. Many years later, I began to explore the figure in clay while working as an assistant in the same ceramics studio I attended as a youth in Atlanta.  Then on to New York City where a number of my studio years were spent simultaneously studying the human and equine figures.  Human models were supplied by the New York Studio School and the Art Students League of New York.  The hansom cab horses on Manhattan’s Westside provided the animal inspiration while all the time I was learning different techniques for casting these forms.
      The movement of my work toward the abstract conceptual has grown out of a prolonged personal involvement with breast cancer.   The work follows an exploratory path that reflects the realizations that come through an intense experience such as this.  These understandings continue to show themselves as if doors of thought and intuition have been opened which I may not have been so fortunate to walk through had the chips fallen in a different way.  Isn’t that true for all people in their experience?
      The work is as much praise for the strength of the human spirit as a reaction to my own life changes.  I focus on a search for balance in this life and on our overpowering instinct to move forward regardless of the obstacles.  For a several years now,  I have been investigating nurturing forms and spaces.  This may be driven by the past, medical traumas and a need to continually create my own sense of security.  Or it may stem from the emotionally driven questions that arise from non-motherhood.  Who knows.  It may not even be important as to where the work comes from but instead the conviction that it is moving in the right direction.

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BORN  
Atlanta, Georgia
EDUCATION  
2003-2004    
Art Students’ League of New York; New York, NY
2002              
New York Studio School; New York, NY
1991-1995    
Guilford College; Greensboro, NC

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
Gertrude Herbert Museum; Augusta, GA
2016   
‘body type’; Squirrel Haus Arts; Minneapolis, MN
Adrift’, Mason Fine Art; Atlanta, GA
Where Do We Go From Here?’; Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC
2014
Ananda West; Asheville, NC
2013
‘A Retrospective’; North Greenville University, Tigerville, SC
‘Botanicals’; Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2012
‘Windows On Columbus’; Jersey City, NJ
2011
‘Migration’; Mason Murer Fine Art; Atlanta, GA; Jersey City, NJ
2010
‘Ideas In Conversations’; Jersey City, NJ
2007
The Apt Show’; New York, NY
2006
‘Immediacy’; Jadite Galleries; New York, NY
2005
Saga Gallery; Salida, CO
2004
‘Gestures’; Adjustments; New York, NY
2002
‘Shadows’; Raw Space Theatre Company: New York, NY

COMMISSIONS
‘Callibaetis’; Private; Bozeman, MT
The Seed’; The Givens Estate; Asheville, NC
‘Camille’; Private; New York, NY
‘Emily’; Private; New Orleans, LA
‘Claudine’; Private; New Orleans, LA
‘Mandarin’; Mandarin Hotel; New York, NY
‘Power of One; Atlanta Medical Center; Atlanta, GA
‘Estuarial Life’; Carolina Meadows; Chapel Hill, NC

COLLECTIONS
Atlanta Medical Center; Atlanta, GA
Mandarin Hotel; New York, NY
Mohegan Sun Casino; Uncasville, CT
Ritz Carlton Hotel; Boston, MA
Moncure Museum; Moncure, NC
Kilpatrick and Stockton LLP; Atlanta, GA
Carolina Meadows; Chapel Hill, NC
Various Private: New York, New Orleans, Montana

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
‘Menagerie’; Holyoke, MA
‘Sustainability’; Second Street Gallery; Charlottesville, VA
2015
‘Sustainability’; Second Street Gallery; Charlottesville, VA
Asheville Area Arts Council; Color Ball Fund Raiser; Asheville, NC
2014
She-Made; Madison County Arts Council; Marshall, NC
Mason Murer Fine Art; Atlanta, GA
Greasy Grass; Asheville Arts Council; Asheville, NC
Alumni Exhibit; Guilford College; Greensboro, NC
2013
The Tannery Exhibit; Asheville, NC
2012
Parallax Art Fair; New York, NY
Diana Wortham Theatre; Asheville, NC
Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art; Greensboro, NC
Conquer SADS; SADS Foundation Fund Raiser; Atlanta, GA
2011
Governors Island Art Fair; New York, NY
Pro-Arts Members Exhibit; Jersey City, NJ
‘A Change of Climate’; New York, NY
‘Conquer SADS’; SADS Foundation Research Fund Raiser; Atlanta, GA
‘Project Pink’; Breast Cancer Fund Raiser, Middleton, CT
2010
Mason Murer Fine Art; Atlanta, GA
Pro-Art Members’ Exhibition; Jersey City, NJ
Guilford College Alumni Exhibit; Greensboro, NC
Paideia School; Atlanta, GA
2009
Mason Murer Fine Art; Atlanta, GA
2008
JCAST; CANCO Lofts; Jersey City, NJ
Salmagundi Art Club: Non-Members Juried Exhibit; New York, NY
‘Old School’; Mason Murer Fine Art; Atlanta, GA
National Sculpture Society Juried Exhibit; New York, NY
National Sculpture Society Juried Exhibit; Brookgreen Gardens; Pawley’s Island, SC
Brain Tumor Foundation Anniversary Fund Raiser; Atlanta, GA
2007
Mason Murer Fine Art; Atlanta, GA
‘From Gravity to Grace: Art of the Circus’; New Canaan, CT
Alumni Artists’ Exchange; Guilford College; Greensboro, NC
National Juried Exhibit; Englewood, CO
2006
Organization for Independent Artists; New York, NY
2004
Alumni Art Exhibit; Guilford College; Greensboro, NC
2003
Art Students’ League of New York; New York, NY
2002
‘Breadth’; Eyedrum Art Space; Atlanta, GA
2001
Innerspace Furniture Gallery; Atlanta, GA
2000
‘Southwards 2000’; Ocalla Arts Foundation; Watkinsville, GA
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center; Seasonal shows; Atlanta, GA
1999
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center; Seasonal shows; Atlanta, GA
1998
‘Sculpture In the Garden’; North Carolina Botanical Gardens; Chapel Hill, NC
‘Sculpture Celebration’; Broyhill Park; Lenoir, NC
‘Weaver Street Public Gallery’; Carrboro, NC
‘Tri-State at 20’; Greensboro, NC
‘An Artists’ Eye’; Greensboro Artists’ League; Greensboro, NC
1997
‘Sculpture In the Garden’; North Carolina Botanical Gardens; Chapel Hill, NC
‘Green Hill Fund Raiser; Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art; Greensboro, NC
1996
‘Sculpture In the Garden’; North Carolina Botanical Gardens; Chapel Hill, NC
‘Sculpture Celebration’; Broyhill Park; Lenoir, NC

recognition

Awarded the Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award, National Sculpture Society; New York, NY
Recipient of the Peter Agostini Award, New York Studio School; New York, NY
Resident artist of Idleknot Farm; Clinton, CT
Visiting Artist at Guilford College: Greensboro, NC
Assistant of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center; Atlanta, GA