Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1977 and raised in the California Bay Area. I received a B.A degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 under ceramic artist Richard Shaw. I then traveled to Omaha, Nebraska to work for artist Jun Kaneko.
I am drawn to the human figure as a subject because of its accessibility, and obvious inherent familiarity. It is a constant struggle to progress in the technical aspects of the human form. Despite the formal challenges of the figure I impose on my work a personal edict of showing “some sign of life”. Personally, the most exciting moments are when I try to capture the gesture and emotion of a figure with limited and/or distorted information. Can I leave a face blank and still express emotion? There is a consistent tug of war in my learning to accurately craft the human form while simultaneously dismissing those technical aspects in pursuit of a more primal artistic expression.