“Once, at an exhibit, a man asked
me, ‘What kind of people buy this furniture?!’ Without hesitating, I replied, ‘Happy people!’
I’ve never found a better way to think of it.
What might inspire me matters far less than what my furniture might inspire in you. It’s
still a joy to watch the faces of people as they look thoughtfully, begin to smile, then turn to me asking ‘did you
do this?’ Sometimes I have the same reaction.”
I design, create, and hand paint one-of-a-kind
and limited edition decorative art furniture, using vintage/found/new pieces. This includes preserving ‘grandmother’s favorite
table' as well as transforming a new piece of furniture into a keepsake. I welcome custom projects using my pieces
I begin the process with the discovery of ‘raw materials’ - unique
antiques, discarded furniture and parts, architectural elements, or choice new pieces. Each piece is carefully restored
or repurposed using both old and new parts. Neutral basecoating readies the piece for it’s decorative painting
which I design in-process, combining colors, shapes and textures. I complete the process with four or more coats of
I’m interested in the challenge of actively combining opposites to reveal
their commonality: mixing method with madness; balancing opposing colors, shapes, textures, and fabrics;
turning old into new, useless into functional, traditional into modern, ordinary into extraordinary. Personally,
this means maintaining quality craftsmanship without taking myself too seriously.
I have a BA in
Sociology and Spanish from the University of Tennessee. My business career of 23 years involved creating and
operating three stationery stores, Pen and Paper Inc, in Bowling Green, KY, Memphis, and Nashville. In 2000, I sold
the last of the three stores to move to Tennessee and paint furniture full time. My painting and design training come
from painting walls in my homes and stores, a love of color, and lots of trial-and-error. I watched my father restore
many pieces of furniture; I've just taken his skills to another level.
A workshop in ‘Rocky Top,’ my home on a 12-acre wooded hilltop
near Leiper’s Fork in Williamson County, Tennessee, allows me to create furniture in a beautiful natural setting
filled with a multitude of birds, wild turkey, deer, and great friends.