My work is assemblage urban artifacts inspired by individuals, the environment, culture and society. The artworks are made with words and symbols interwoven with ritual. Each work begins as a tale of empowerment and transformation. As I create my art the materials delicately twist together layer by layer. I gently encourage you to engage in this series of calls and responses. My hope for you is a journey of personal crossings that unfold slowly and naturally, in all their glorious grit, for better or worse. So please, wander in, explore and find another part of your tale. Born and raised in Chicago I developed an appreciation for the beauty of urban grit. My assemblage urban artifacts are made by combining things that have been discarded or not considered beautiful in a conventional way with wood, organics, naturals, metal, fiber, found and charged objects, concrete, encaustic, charring, repurposed and reclaimed materials, paper, spray paint, ink and stain. The materials are assembled with glue and cold connections. My colors evolve from the materials and I often use them symbolically.