Artist, Researcher, Engaged Citizen
Raised in rural North Carolina by musicians, artisans, and educators; I have always quite holistically understood the power of the storyteller as the ultimate conduit for human connectivity.
I earned my Master of Arts in Art and Design Education at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where I explored arts-based research with a focus on museum and community partnerships. As a researcher using art to investigate the relationship of people to the place in which they live; I have begun to see myself as a kind of collector of narratives. Moved and inspired by the intricacies of life, I use my art to vacillate between observer and participator in this world.
Every storyteller needs a stage; be it a seemingly silent forest, a canvas on a gallery wall, a desk in the classroom, or a properly miked auditorium. With age, experience, and a little more of songstress Peggy Lee's signature "Sans Souci"' I am beginning to find mine.