"Water is an essential element, necessary for life and at the very center of creativity. Fluid and natural, the ocean waves and wind are at the core of my being and spawned my own creative expression. Living near the coast of N.C. afforded me an opportunity to benefit from the beautiful sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. Life doesn't allow me enough chances to go back to my spiritual roots, yet the memories are ever vibrant. Frequently, my ceramics and sculptures consist of multiple layers, and personify my belief in beautiful craftsmanship. I do not focus on the trivial details, when painting or throwing pots. It’s more important to me that the forms themselves have a beautiful simplistic quality. Once painted, I use a scraffitto method of carving the pots, which allows the clay to speak through the color. Often the pattern develops around the form through primary colors, lines, and shapes. The color is modulated using lights and darks of the same hue. Lines are either carved or painted black to describe the theme. My pots are sometimes similar, but never repetitious: each piece has its own fingerprint."