I have been collecting treasures from the landscapes of the Hudson Valley since
childhood. This act of treasure-seeking allows me to escape into a world of my own
creation. It’s a world where the only things I have to worry about are stomping through
mud puddles and laughing at my own jokes. This escape from reality soothes my
anxiety and allows me to smile during even the saddest circumstances. The joy that I
feel in this act of collecting is imprinted on the objects. They become embedded with a
magical potency. Through the process of making, organizing, and assembling these
objects I manifest a world that suggests everything is going to be okay.