Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

Committee Chair(s)

Ryoichi Suzuki


Ryoichi Suzuki


Kathy Puzey


Woody Shepherd


Artist Statement

Growing up I remember the vivid landscapes of the Southern Utah desert. I spent a lot of time in the desert mountains and remember finding bones on many hikes. I was amazed by the shapes each bone had and how they worked together to allow the animals to move. My sculptural ideas are derived from these bone forms found in the desert. I study these shapes and work to abstract them. The convex and concave elements found in bones resonate in my abstracted forms. The lines and planes in my forms often appear and fade away, drawing you in and around each sculpture. Henry Moore once said, “The first hole made through a piece of stone is a revelation.” My belief in this statement may be the reason voids continually appear in my work. I place voids in my work to allow light to pass through creating more visual interest. My intent is to express my visions from the desert and I hope each viewer has a connection in their own way to my work.