I AM EXTREMELY PASSIONATE . . . . about my work and the act of working. I think that what each person sees when looking at a work of art is a reflection of what their life has made them. It pleases me greatly, that the work I do, can inspire the viewer’simagination, good or bad.
I began as a painter and gradually turned to sculpture.
My final paintings were abstract. As they became simpler, I added painted strips of wood until I eliminated the canvas and soon was making abstract wood structures using an additive way of working.
Someone gave me some clay and asked me to make a figure. I made a two inch torso based on the Venus of Willendorf and to my surprise, continued with this form and subject even to now. From 1971 until 1990, I used clay, teaching myself how to work with it.
In 1990, I took a mold making class at an International Sculpture Conference in Washington D.C. That was so successful that I made a wax and had it cast in bronze. Even though I had just bought two thousand pounds of clay to save on shipping charges, I found a foundry and learned how to work in bronze and never used the clay again.
Now, instead of molding the body in clay, I had to learn how to do it in wax. I now mold sections of female body parts in wax. After they are cast in bronze, I weld them to each other in combinations that I often did not plan or think of. I keep adding and subtracting parts and sections until I have a sculpture that I can live with. My sculpture develops in increments, as I study what I have done and try to make the next one better