Influenced by folkart, the natural world and artistic endeavors of diverse cultural traditions, Nana employs her background in anthropology, theater and Jungian psychology in her artwork.Her work continually explores the mixing of media, style and ideology, creating surprising and dynamic juxtapositions. In addition to ceramic work, Nana’s artistic background includes photography, painting and intaglio printmaking.The influence of classic printmaking technique is evident in her current body of work, with the use of heavily patterned surfaces and embossed texture applied to the clay. Nana currently works in both handbuilt stoneware and mixed media sculptural forms.Her stoneware collection uses subtle color and earthy texture to portray botanical themes and whimsical entities of nature.The mixed media pieces include a series of one-of-a-kind mythically inspired sculptural hanging figures as well as a collection of smaller guardians, forest creatures and garden shrines. As a child, Nana lived overseas in Thailand and Iran before her family settled in the Chicago area.She has since spent time traveling in South America, Europe, the Mid-East and Australia, and recognizes the influence that the diverse sights and sounds of the world have had on her artistic development. She holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and a M.Ed. in Art Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Working from her Bellingham studio in northwest Washington State, Nana’s work is represented nationally through craft shows, galleries and garden shops.