Nelson Suter Art Society
to promote and encourage the cultivation and production of work in the visual arts
I love sculpting assemblages of bones, flowers, plants, and shells from clay. My art reflects the reverence I have for the natural world. Many of my sculptures symbolize the rhythms of natural cycles and their greater intrinsic blueprint through the aesthetic use of pattern and design. I draw inspiration from natural objects and use them to communicate the idea of impermanence, fragility, and the mystery found in the cycles of nature and in particular the cycles of life and death.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in the United States and shortly after graduating I moved to New Mexico. In the southwest I was surrounded by cultures that were intimate with nature-based mythologies and celebrated the relationship between life and death in festivals like Dia De Los Muertos. Books such as “Where the Wild Women Run” had sparked my imagination and influenced my work in University, and living around Hispanic and Native American cultures, as well as vast tracks of undeveloped land, continued to inspire the direction of my work.
In 2012 I moved to New Zealand to begin another chapter of my life and found myself once again influenced by my new environment. The artistic designs and beauty of pacific cultures has subtly but poignantly entered my consciousness and expressed itself through my own artistic creations.
My art has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including the Suter Gallery and The Refinery in Nelson.