I’ve been obsessed with gluing things together since I got my first bottle of Elmer’s glue at five years old. I have a deep love of paper and it doesn’t matter if it’s old book pages, product packaging, specialty artist papers, or my own painted papers. I enjoy using all of it in my mixed media work. What challenges me is seeing if I can take paper, a universal, utilitarian item; add other medias like paint, ink, graphite, fabric, or yarn; and turn it into something beautiful, meaningful, and powerful. I am interested in exploring the tension between traditional hand crafts and abstract mixed media art. I think my calling as an artist is to explore that tension and invite us all to imagine a more expansive world.