I grew up with art all around at home since my father was a wildlife artist and art professor at BYU-Idaho. My grandfather was a painter/sculptor. And my older siblings were often involved w/art making it hard to live life without being influenced by art. My father encouraged his kids to become doctors or businessmen, and avoided as much as he could encouraging art as a profession. The only time he would teach us art was when we cornered him. So out of the seven of us, only two became businessmen and all the rest joined the art ranks, sorry Dad.
I've always had a fascination for the structure, function, and mobility of the human body. So for a time I considered going into chiropractic’s, but after taking a Basic Sculpture class my intentions of working in the medical field dissolved instantly. It had always been a 2D art world to me, so I was captivated after discovering the palpable world of 3D art. It was interesting to find something that I could be so passionate and excited about, Sculpture had become my voice in art.
Since I have a deep interest in anatomy, and fascination with the way the bones and muscles articulate, making the body an intricate machine. When I do commissions professionally, I sculpt the anatomy first to gain more mileage in expressing the beautiful human form, and because it’s too much fun not too. Then I add the surface coverings and detail. This helps me in laying a strong foundation, giving the sculpture just a little more life to it. My sculpture professor always said “You can’t put frosting on cake batter and have it look good. Bake the cake first then add frosting later. STRUCTURE and then DETAIL.”
I’ve become aware of another form of palpable art, and that is sewing. It’s strange how satisfying sewing can be, it’s gives a sense of completion. You design the pieces, cut them out, put them together and it’s finished! This has taken me into costume design in full scale, 1:4, and 1:6. If only I didn’t have to sleep, I could make all kinds of art pieces.
My art expressions include Sculpture, Mold Making, Cut and Sew, Props, and building mini Terrariums. I do my art out of a collaborative art studio called Far More Bison Studio. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Integrated Art with an emphasis in sculpture. I am currently working on building a portfolio to get a scholarship for a MFA.
Bring me any creative idea and I’ll give you a creative display of that idea.