Artist Statement

When I begin a piece, my first concern is the narrative I want to convey, always important to me as a former museum exhibits producer.

Recently, I have been interested in the links between ancient and modern culture that transform place and time. For example, ancient Asian influences might mix with Sixteenth Century French textile styles and with the bold and colorful designs of an indigenous people in my pieces. Recent travels to Italy, Mexico, Thailand, and Bhutan have greatly influenced my work with color and materials. For some of the pieces, window treatments and door moldings have been reused from homes in China to frame a design based on ancient Chinese scrolls. Instead of silk and ink, I use glass from Italy, tile from Spain along with wood and found objects to form the design of branches, blossoms, fish, insects and other common themes from both Asian and Western art. Found objects range from carved figures from temples that have been destroyed to gears from a clock and porch trim from houses in the American South.

My overall goal is to mingle realism with abstraction, and two-dimensional forms with sculptural design. I am interested in found objects as by-products and interpreters of history. Whether architectural, biological or botanical, these remnants provide a powerful and unique statement within the overall narrative.



Bachelor of Arts, Art History, University of Tennessee, 1972
Master of Arts, History, Vanderbilt University and Peabody College, 1978


Curator/Museum Director, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 1973-1988
Adjunct Faculty, Vanderbilt University, Introduction to Museum Studies, 1980-83
Vice-President for Museum Design, 1220 Exhibits, Nashville, TN, 1989-1994
Project Director/Executive Producer, New Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 1994-2004
Artist, 1992-present

Awards, Honors and Shows

Founding President, Inter-Museum Council of Nashville, 1978
President, Tennessee Association of Museums, 1980
Museum Assessment Program professional, American Association of Museums, 1985-2004.
Exhibits Design Award, Communication Arts magazine Annual Awards, 2001
University School of Nashville, Group Shows, 2004, 2006, 2010
Leipers Creek Gallery, Franklin, TN, Group Sculpture Shows, 2006 and 2008.
The Main Event, Harpeth Hall School, 2009
The Birdhouse Thing benefit show, Nashville, TN, 2009-2010
Ameriprise, Group show, May, 2009
Tesserae: The Art of Mosaics, 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA, Third Place award in juried exhibition, June 27-August 5, 2009.
Flying Solo, Nashville International Airport, juried art competition, September, 2009-February, 2010.
Mosaic Arts international 2010, juried art competition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, March 1-April 30, 2010.