2012 Undergraduate | Gatormaiden (2012)
Gatormaiden was created in the Fall of 2012 at the University of South Florida, Tampa during a beginning ceramics class. The work is a contrived mythical beast from the swamps and brackish waters of Florida’s nature coast where mermaids, alligators, and manatee are frequently seen around Weeki Wachee. The sculpture's surface portrays the skin as porous, scaly, and slippery along her frontal area.
Gatormaiden was awarded entry into the University of South Florida's 37th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the spring of 2013. The work was one of fifty selected from several hundred works.
While I never completed college, the economic recession initiated numerous life changes that made a return possible. In the fall of 2011 I closed my small design business and took up drawing. These studies are from the initial year as I worked to be accepted into USF’s art program.