As an artist, I am constantly captivated by the interconnectedness of nature, emotion, and the human experience. My work serves as a visual exploration of these elements, seeking to bridge the gap between the tangible and the intangible, the seen and the unseen.
Drawing inspiration from the beauty and complexity of the natural world, I employ a variety of mediums and techniques to convey the essence of my subjects. Whether it is through vibrant brushstrokes, intricate craft work, or mixed media experimentation, I strive to capture the energy and vitality that resides within every form.
Emotion plays a pivotal role in my artistic process. I delve deep into the realms of introspection, aiming to evoke a visceral response from viewers by touching upon universal feelings and experiences. Through my art, I hope to create a space for introspection and contemplation, allowing individuals to connect with their own emotions and engage with the work on a personal level.
The human experience, with its intricate layers of identity, fascinates me. I explore themes of identity, memory, and the passage of time, drawing from my own experiences and those of others around me. By delving into these themes, I seek to highlight the common threads that bind us all together, reminding us of our shared humanity.
My artistic journey is one of continuous growth and exploration. I embrace experimentation, pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques and materials. By challenging conventional norms, I strive to create unique and thought-provoking works that invite viewers to question their own perceptions and engage in a dialogue with the art.
Ultimately, my aim as an artist is to create a sensory experience that transcends the boundaries of the canvas or sculpture. I aspire to evoke a sense of wonder, curiosity, and contemplation within the viewer. Through my art, I hope to foster a deeper connection with ourselves, each other, and the world around us, inviting us to pause, reflect, and celebrate the beauty and complexity of life.
Youngstown State University NEW FRONTIERS Publication
Article by Nicole Morello
Photo Credit: Forged From Stars Photography
YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY, 2021
Master of Fine Arts - Interdisciplinary Art
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, 2000
Bachelor of Arts - Art Education
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, 1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Sculpture
Youngstown State University, 2019 - PRESENT
Sculpture and Ceramic Studio Assistant
Judith Rae Solomon Gallery Director assistant
Social Media Assistant
Classroom consultant intermediate drawing
graduate Council Member
Graduate premiere Scholarship recipient
Central Valley School DistRICt, 2002-present
Youngstown State President’s office, Rose Marie Smith Gallery, Youngstown, Ohio
flow, McDonough museum of art, Youngstown, Ohio
Art all night, 31st street studios,Pittsburgh, Pa
Women of Appalachia project, Dairy barn art center, Marietta, Ohio
Magical Beings, Ketchup City Creative, curator, sharpsburg, Pa
Monster Mash, HopeCat - YA Gallery, Sharon
Season of the Witch, MadKat Gallery, Elizabeth, Pa
National Juried Exhibition, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD
Out of shape Exhibition, Ketchup City Creative, pittsburgh, PA
New Frontiers publication featured artist, Youngstown state university, Youngstown, Ohio
MFA Exhibition, McDonough museum of art, Youngstown, Ohio
Into the Light, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh new member exhibition, pittsburgh,
Student Art Association Juried Exhibition, McDonough Museum Award, McDonough museum of art, Youngstown, Ohio
MFA Introduction Exhibition, McDonough museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Lit Youngstown Collaboration, Youngstown, Ohio
Cleveland Institute of Art summer teacher residency, Cleveland, Ohio
Artists in Action Community Mandala, Beaver, Pa
Collaborative Live painter art all night, pittsburgh, pa
large scale mural free spirit acupuncture, beaver, pa
beaver county humane society mural, monaca, pa.
pennsylvania council on the arts blacksmithing grant
north hills art gallery, pittsburgh, pa
agora Gallery, New York, Ny