My Design philosophy
Similar to my philosophy on life, I believe the reduction of the unnecessary renders a process or object with simple beauty. Similar to the smelting process of precious metals, I try and reduce the impurities of each design, so all that remains is a pure, simplified, intuitively understood product.
My background as a ceramic sculptor has strengthened my understanding of form, materials, and applications. In the ceramic studio I fine tuned my skills of mold-making and hand-building creating hollow forms. While in the drawing and print-making labs I developed my style of seeing contours, translating thoughts to visual concepts, and bringing those ideations to life. These are skills that I continue to use and refine in my design process.
DESIGN : "should be a modern synthesis which disregards conventional distinctions between the "fine" and "applied" arts". -- Alfred Barr
Deer Valley Unified School District, Anthem, AZ, Art Teacher
I taught elementary and secondary art for 3+ years. While fulfilling my duties as an art educator to meet Arizona state standards, I also incorporated projects that challenged my students spatial thinking and design skills. After teaching a few years I arrived at the decision to receive further training for a design specific career.
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, US, Industrial Design
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, US, BArch, Art Education/ Fine Arts
Art Education Degree with an emphasis in Sculpture and Art History.