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My life I have come to realize is a continuum of sorts. The past imbuing the present in ways both imperceivable yet palpable. This fascinates me and is essentially what my work as an artist is about.

I was born & raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the youngest among four living generations. My childhood was steeped in family folklore & my imagination piqued by its hypnotic pull, that undertow of veiled truth, lying just below the surface.

My work examines the relationships within friendships & family & the phenomenon of ‘generational transference’; how those unspoken aspects of our story have the power to shape & transfigure us, often without our knowing, throughout our lifetime.

“My daughters shall be dreaming my mother’s dreams for years to come. This is how they will know her. This is their inheritance, better than jewels”

Ultimately, I am compelled by hope & the way in which our brokenness can be transformed into grace, our suffering to joy. And, how it is that the truth can set us free & that so often through death we are gifted new life.


"Were it possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches, and yet a little way beyond the outworks of our divining, perhaps we would endure our sadnesses with greater confidence than our joys. For they are the moments when something new has entered into us, something unknown; our feelings grow mute in shy perplexity, everything in us withdraws, a stillness comes, and the new, which no one knows, stands in the midst of it and is silent."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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