I am an artist and educator with a deep-rooted passion for creativity that has guided my journey through the world of art. My academic foundation is rooted in excellence, having earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from the renowned Tyler School of Art at Temple University and my Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.
My journey in education spans over two decades, beginning in 1999. Throughout this time, I have had the privilege of teaching students of all ages and backgrounds. From nurturing the artistic talents of K-12 students to leading community studio clay courses for children, teenagers, and adults, I have always been committed to fostering the next generation of artists. Additionally, I have provided private clay lessons and shared my expertise in ceramic courses at the university level.
My contributions to the field of arts and education were honored with the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Service Award from VCUarts, a testament to my dedication and impact within the artistic community.
I have also been fortunate to participate in various artist residencies and fellowships, including two Soaring Gardens Residencies, an Artist in Residency from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), a Residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA, a Monson Arts Residency, and a 2021 Fiskars Residency. In addition, I was privileged to serve as the inaugural 2017-18 faculty research fellow in the Arts Research Institute at VCUarts, where I furthered my exploration of artistic research.
My creative work has been showcased both regionally and internationally, including exhibitions such as "Tasmeem" as part of the Tasmeem conference in Doha, Qatar. Recently, I had the honor of presenting two solo exhibitions, "Remnant Accumulation" at Sediment Gallery in Richmond, VA, and "Errant" in the Up Front Gallery at ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC. These exhibitions reflect my artistic vision and the ability to engage and inspire audiences with my work.