A diverse New England family history is the base of my
objects. I can pull from influences from Boston and New
Bedford Massachusetts, as well as Southwestern New Hampshire.
I take the inspiration and combine it with my admiration
of early American furniture and folk art.
have been creating two styles of work; furniture inspired
by everyday objects, and furniture with carved and stained
images. Inspiration for either style happens by chance,
so I can work on one of the styles until another inspiration
strikes me. I am able to present a piece that is genuine
to whom I am.
work is made of domestic hardwoods, with occasional
metal accents. I am drawn to the coarse appearance of
ash; which I bleach, pickle stain, and highlight with
a transparent dark stain. I also include complimenting
woods, such as walnut, quarter-sawn white oak, or salvaged
southern yellow pine. The wood used in the object inspired
furniture is represented in its relatively pure state;
only altered with natural oil finish, pickling stain,
and minimal paint.