A little bit about yours truly…
I found a great therapy in clay upon my discharge from the military in 2011. My initial love of making functional pottery (coffee mugs and bowls) transitioned into an immense passion for sculpting. With my hands in clay bringing my imagination to life in 3D, nothing else matters; not the pain, the emotional turmoil, the frustration… none of it. It all goes away, and I am at peace. I’m currently working on a series of sculptures that center around jobs animals had during various historical conflicts – “Animals of War”. You can see the different sculptures I’ve made in this series by visiting the PORTFOLIO.
Once I realized just HOW therapeutic and Cathartic the Simple Act of Creating Can Be, I have made sharing this revelation a large part of my artistic practice. I donate my time and lead/teach an art tile class at the Travis Mills Foundation – a place for severely wounded Veterans and their families to enjoy a week of pampering without having to worry about accessibility. When the opportunity presents itself, I happily explain the benefits of how much the simple act of creating can help ANYONE overcome and cope with adversity in their own lives.
In summer of 2017, after YEARS of not knowing why my legs were so weak that I needed a variety of mobility aids, I finally received a working diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis – a neuromuscular autoimmune disease. There is no cure, but lifestyle changes and treatments can provide a livable life. In addition to MG, I work around/through a seizure disorder, cervical dystonia, peripheral neuropathy, a hypermobility disorder, degenerative disc disease, and PTSD.
Every day I continue to push forward. Putting one foot in front of the other (or pushing the wheels in my wheelchair), I am always looking for that silver lining and the upside to any/every situation. The eternal optimist – that’s me!