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ARTIST STATEMENT
 
Throughout my lifelong love of wood I have evolved from a carpenter to woodworker,to a woodturner and finally to a sculptor.  I an always looking for unique pieces of wood that will allow me to develop an interesting design for the sculpture.
I was introduced to wood turning in 1991, and found the concept of creating objects with fair curves and flowing lines a plesant diversion from my everday engineering practice.
 
My goal as an artist working on a lathe id to combine the circular form, fair curves and drama with the character and natural beauty of the individual piece of wood to create a unique sculpture.
 
Wood is a very tactile medium.  I have enjoyed watching someone caress a piece of my sculpture, this expression of connection between my art and the admiring public is a source of great personal joy for me.
 
After seeing the work of stone sculptor Jesus Moroles, I was inspired to investigate the wheel form. I titled my first wheel sculpture, "Evolution of the Wheel".  Little did I know at the time that this would be the start of a series of over one hundred objects in which I have explored the wheel form. 
 
At the urging of a friend I took a foundry course and in 2012 I began casting my sculptural objects in bronze.  This resulted in a refocusing of my creative energy, I did not realize how limiting working on a lathe had become.  I started looking at materials other than wood to create original sculpture as well as thinking outside the dimensional limitations of the lathe.  I am now working with wood, foam, resin, metal and clay.  I am casting my sculptural objects in bronze and stainless steel and pursuing monument scale projects.
 
As a sculptor, when I am working with wood the form I create is a picture frame to display the natural beauty in that piece of wood.  Working in multiple mediums provides me with a great deal of flexibility in developing sculptural objects.  Each day as I enter the studio brings a sence of excitement as I have the opportunity to pursue different and challenging paths in my creative adventure as a sculptor.     
 
 
  
 

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