As a child I played dress up and made a mess of myself in makeup. Rather than grow out of it, I went to UAB for a degree in technical theatre and studio art. As an Alabama native, I mix fine art with my redneck streak. I have to have my hands on some sort of project or else I do something that will get me in trouble – like constructing a trebuchet and baiting it to fling the squirrels across the yard.
I would say most of my work is multimedia, and by that I really mean that I’ll work in any medium that I can get my dirty little hands on. I never know when I’ll need to know how to weld, spin yarn or throw clay. I am driven to create. It’s the most positive outlet I have found and I know the squirrels appreciate it.
I have most recently delved back into leather working for my mask making. One of the things that I enjoy most about theatre is the transformation. It can be of a stage into a set, fabric into a costume, the audience throughout the production or of an actor into his character. Time and again I have heard actors say that the character really doesn’t come completely to life until they put on their costume. It is through this mindset that I have been drawn to making masks. I love that a mask can both hide who you are and transform you into who you would like to be, or show a side of yourself you never let out.
In my spare time I love to make my friends up as zombies and set them loose on the local villages, take pictures of people’s shoes, make clothes for my creepy Japanese ball-jointed doll and help my Dad take care of his bees.