Ocean Arts LLC
Born in Columbus, Ohio , I was exposed from an early age to the
functional aspects of plastics development and commercial packaging by
my father and grandfather, both pioneers in the plastics industry. As a kid
I was fascinated by the injection mold machines, and the piles of excess
plastic were my first glimpse into the possibility and beauty of the
medium in atypical forms.
Following my college studies in Forestry and Biology, I chose not to
pursue a career in plastics, and instead explored the compulsion I felt to
be involved in and surrounded by nature. I lived off-grid for 10 years,
attempting to be as self-sustaining as possible, constructing my own
housing, water and power systems.
During this time I started up a hand-thrown pottery business and sold
locally to mountain folk, dabbling in sculpture and reigniting my affinity
for 3-dimensional art.
Out of a desire to utilize available resources and explore larger scale
forms, I began to chainsaw-carve, inspired by the natural wildness around
me. After years of perfecting that artform I developed my own personal
technique, to great success with private and commercial clients.
My return to plastics as an art medium grew from my awareness of the
complex ecological problems created by our collective attitudes towards
Instead of treating it as a single-use material, I wanted to explore ways to
utilize it as a reusable oil-based resource, and give it greater exposure
Long obsessed with the effects of light and color through glass, I began to
experiment with introducing pigments into plastic, stumbling through
trial and error on a way to replicate similar reflections and refractions.
This glass-like appearance allows me to play with the viewer's assumption
about the material; this creates surprise, interest, and hopefully inspires a
rewired mindset about single-use plastics by demonstrating the beauty
and variety that is possible.