There are many ways in which to tell a story. Through the years humans have told stories by speaking them, writing them and through visual art forms. Stories can define and/or reveal the limits of a person, a place, a movement, or a thought. My art work has been inspired by human stories. My thinking has been shaped by events which I feel the need to communicate through my work. I am not alone in understanding the many meanings of things at the different and deeper levels thought.

My thesis work is generated from a multitude of sources that over the years have influenced the way I think and live. Influences such as Homer's Odyssey have taught and then often reminded me that man has had to contend with hardship, greed, and love over a period of a lifetime. I have also been influenced by early American history, and my need for patriotic pursuits such as reenacting one of America's bloodiest wars, which has often been misunderstood by so many.

My art forms explore my own personal story. The story of what I have learned, and what I need to say, relates to the world around me. This thesis seeks to address the multiple influences that shape and define who we are. The body of work is a collection of stories containing very literal and metaphorical meaning, which is rich with hidden symbolism that will become apparent to those willing to remove the layers of imagery.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; War in art

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Heidi Nickisher


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK6404 .T34 2013


RIT – Main Campus

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