My sculptures are a synthesis between my love of nature and my respect of the great artists who have come before. As an avid hiker, hunter, and I have never lost my sense of wonder about the beauty of a leaping deer, the power of bull elk fighting, or the grace of antelope running. I consider myself to be a student of both the process of creation and art history. I have never lost my sense of wonder at great art to communicate to me and move me to greater levels of awareness. Whether it be individual artists like Brancusi, Manship, Marini, Moore, Van Gogh, or the art of antiquity like Scythian, Celtic, Oriental, Egyptian, African; I am always amazed at the number of ways our species has come up with to see, interpret and convey their views of life and the nature of it. I find these voices resonate with me and my sense of wonderment of my world; both my inner world and the universe without. I seek out and embrace these influences, and consciously draw on them for the base substances of my sculpting. As a sculptor friend once said to me, “Those who claim their art is truly original simply can not remember where they saw the source of their inspiration.” I hope only to credit my sources properly and remain open to their wisdom.
If I was pressed to explain my current work in one word, I would say it is about “transition”. The concept of transition was inspired directly by ancient Scythian tattoos; which some believe are depictions of creation myths. The twisting Birth of the Sacred Stag sculpture is depicting the 1st stag at the moment of creation when he is transitioning from the spirit world into physical world. The style is one of smooth transitions of form and line to augment the concept. This is a reflection of my belief that good sculpture generally is a marriage of concept, style, and execution.
Signature member in Society of Animal Artists, Associate Member in the National Sculptors’ Guild.
Awards include: Winner of The 2018 Marilyn Newmark Grant from National Sculpture Society, Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists, Best of Show Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk, Best of Show Sculpture in the Hills, Best Sculpture Western Spirit Art Show.