Unusual juxtapositions of color. Odd proportions. Repetition and geometry. Niches and portals. Always functional.
I believe that the furniture you surround yourself with should reflect who you are and what you believe. I believe that my clients indeed see life a bit differently than most people.
To me, working as a furniture-maker is really not at all about the furniture: it's about what the furniture does to the space, and to the people in the space. My upholstered benches and settees encourage sitting and conversation. My cabinets, on the other hand, afford a more personal and interactive experience between client and furniture.
Combining the best of traditional joinery and contemporary woodworking techniques, I start with a basic form and overlay the silhouette of a classic furniture design. When evening falls and bells and buzzers cease, I distort the proportions, accentuate the curves, cut the portals, and add compartments and niches. The piece is completed with the application of "preposterous" elements: handcrafted and antique finials, wooden shoes, glove forms... absurd items encountered in my travels.
Good fortune allows me to live and work in our turn-of-the-century brick distillery with abundant space to design and build. Creativity peaks between midnight and 4am for both me and my photographer-husband Dave (www.VibrantImage.com).
|Art Institute||Philadelphia, PA|
|Levity||Dorchester Center For The Arts||Cambridge, MD||Spring 2009 solo show|
|Structure & Levity||Washigton County Arts Council||Hagerstown, MD||Summer 2009|
|Ashes to Art||the Gallery at Funeria||Graton, CA||Fall 2008|
|Inspired||Arteco Gallery||Cumberland, MD||Spring 2008 solo show|
|Collective Angles||Ice House Gallery||Berkely Springs, WV||Fall 2004 Invitational|
|Furniture||Saville Gallery||Cumberland, MD||Fall, 2004 2-person show|
|The Buyers Market of American Crafts||Philadelphia, PA||2001 thru 2004|
|International Furniture Show||High Point, NC||Spring 2003|
|Crafts at the Castle||Boston, MA||2002, 2003|
|Providence Furniture Show||Providence, RI||2002|
|Philadelphia Fine Furnishings Show||Philadelphia, PA||2001 thru 2003|
|Merchandise Mart ~ Beckmans||Chicago, IL||2000|
|Niche Award||Rosen Group||Baltimore, MD||2009|
|Niche Award||Rosen Group||Baltimore, MD||2003|
|The Guild/ The Artful Home||Catalog, Madison, WI||2004 to present|
|Times-News Cumberland, Maryland||critical review of solo show||April 18, 2008|
|Maryland Life Magazine||“Made in Maryland”||March/April 2005|
|Niche Magazine||“Artist Spotlight”||Summer 2003|
|Home Accents Today||“Market’s First Look”||April 15, 2003|
|The Boston Globe||“Calendar”||Nov. 14-20, 2002|
|The Washington Post||“HomeFront”||February 21, 2002|
|Selected furnishings||Atlanticview Cape Town (Boutique Hotel)||
Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa