Hope and Mary
Hope and Mary
About Hope + Mary
I live and work on a mountain in a 1930s house, originally built as a simple, summer cottage for escape from the Chattanooga heat. In the woods on the mountain, I think as I run on any number of the miles and miles of trails in the woods that cover both sides of the mountain.
I came to Chattanooga by way of Chicago, IL, and Augusta, GA, where I taught art in the inner-city, painted portraits, and worked hard every day to be a good mom to my two amazing children. I grew up in Hockessin, DE a tiny suburb in the country outside of Wilmington, DE. I shared my teenage years with three older siblings in a modern house in a neighborhood that was deliberately planned to nurture diversity and inclusion. Growing up we spent hours outside in the undeveloped countryside exploring. The woods were our playground.
My mother is Mary. She died in 2011. She was, and still is, my most cherished creative partner.
As a student at the University of Colorado (where I had two stints, one for a BA in Anthropology, and later to get my teaching certification in Art Education) I fell in love with painting and ceramics. Both offer ways for me to explore beauty in simplicity, function and the human experience.
My portraits are reflections of seemingly ordinary people, haggardly beautiful, in ordinary places, with stories to tell. They are soulful.
With clay, like my house and paintings, the form is of its essence ordinary, but with features that depict the simplicity and beauty of real life. Each piece is hand made, and no two pieces are alike. They are sculptural, one-of-a-kinds – but most importantly, useful.
My hope is that you will love using my pieces as much as I have loved making them.