I started my sculpture career with a very classical, figurative beginning, and
although my materials and forms have changed a great deal over the years, it is still
possible to find remnants of the figure in my work. Most of my large outdoor wood
pieces from the 1980s stand on two points (legs) and incorporate a separate element
on top (body or arms). My granite work, started in the 1990s, also tends toward
figurative or post and lintel forms.
When I incorporate several elements together to construct a sculpture, I am
looking at the way they relate to each other, and ultimately how they work together as
a whole. A tilt here and a cut there can change the attitude of the piece and gives each
one it’s own distinct personality. When I make a piece with just one element, I tend
to do more carving and editing of the material to achieve the same effect.
My work and the ideas behind it are tied very closely with the material it is
constructed of – I have chosen traditional, ancient mediums with which to express
myself. I try not to manipulate my materials beyond their natural state, but imbue
them with an expression of dignity and grandeur to release their spirit.