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My art career began in high school, when I was placed into a metals class by accident. I picked up the skills naturally and soon I was spending as many mornings, open periods, and after-school hours in the studio as I could. Because of my early dedication to the craft, I had the privilege of entering college with a solid knowledge of metals, and I have continued to use my time at the University of Iowa to enhance my skillset through ambitious projects. During my sophmore year, I sought an apprenticeship with a local jeweler in order to learn stone-setting. I earned a chemistry minor as a supplement to my metalsmithing, providing me with a greater understanding of the physical properties of metal. That extra insight into metal’s manipulation has allowed me to problem-solve well and understand new methods quickly.
My work seeks to highlight the intricacies of nature and foster an understanding and appreciation for the unseen details and overarching systems that maintain the balance of the natural world. The same principles that govern artwork are prevalent in natural ecology. In the same way a composition is greater than the sum of its parts, the interactions between organisms and their environments create a system greater and more incomprehensible than its individual components. Line and color balance to produce dimension in a drawing, just as features of individual organisms complement their surroundings to create a balance of all life within an ecosystem. Thus, the dynamic relationships of the natural world lend themselves well to artistic representation and the artist is able to capture what the scientist’s empiricism describes: the fluid beauty and infinite intricacy of natural systems.