I love dirty hands.

To me they are badges of accomplishment. I am as drawn to the laborious aspect of creativity as I am to its unpredictable outcomes. I gain almost as much from the process of cutting apart tins and sourcing the wood as I do from the assemblage of the art itself. My inspiration is formed by my surroundings, by my life in a city in that exists in the midst of both decay and rebirth, set against the dramatic beauty and constant change of the Pennsylvania landscape.

For the past ten years, my work has focused on organic themes such as birds, bees, farm machinery and the simple trappings of home and one's place. My art rarely, if ever, tries to tackle gigantic themes nor do I use it as a platform for making bold statements. I try instead to pay tribute to life’s simple offerings of beauty that exist all around us in such abundance that they can easily be overlooked.

Martha Stewart - American Made 2014 - Nominee Badge