I am fortunate to work in both two dimensional and three dimensional medium. I use multimedia of pastel, ink, pencil and gauche for my paintings. These materials feel inherently familiar to me, having had a love affair with pencil and ink since my earlier time in architectural design. My bronze sculptures are of life-size wildlife and are displayed in public parks and private gardens, allowing viewers to see and touch animals they will probably never encounter. I believe this work encourages a respect for the natural world around us. When I create a new piece, whatever the medium, I let the grain of the material guide me through variations in swirls, patterns, lines and form to finish off the work.
Compelling me are the seemingly simplistic details and strong lines of the American Regionalists Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, and the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Spatial strength in the work of sculptor Louise Nevelson and the landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted influence my sculptural work.
Nature and the outdoors are the center of my art, reflecting my perspective on the place I live, the Great Lakes Region. Working clay and painting these subjects are celebrations of what I experience. Daily meditation opens my intuitive, creative side and enables me to trust in the process, trust in the outcome. My art is a visual vehicle for the awe in the stillness and observation I experience when in nature, preserving what I see and feel.
Often when hiking or canoeing, I come upon a place that seems to not be impacted by people. I wonder, who might have been here before, and where was their destination. Did this place bring them awe and wonder? Ultimately, I want my audience to approach my work with a sense of the familiar. In the spirit of encouraging a closer look, I ask my audience, “Have you ever encountered this animal before? Have you ever been there?”