Stainless steel rods, painted, clear-coated. I weld nature’s creatures in mild and stainless steel to enhance our connection to and our understanding of the grand forces of nature and the movement and growth so inherent for our imaginations to flourish and reach out towards our dreams.
Over the last 40 years, I have constructed interior and exterior sculptures of wildlife. Employing steel rods, I render unique and intricate patterns of realistic animation with a strength of spirit and an intensity of aliveness. My sculpture is an announcement, a reminder and a heralding of our natural heritage.
This is a poignant, crucial time in the light of extinction. There are basic philosophical questions encompassing the juncture of life and death, beauty and harmony of not only our endangered species but also of own fragile ourselves.
Time disappears and a creature emerges.
I find great peace in the darkness that welding provides. There is a necessity for great focus and awareness at every moment. The welding of thousands of tiny rods creates a network of animated light which gives the sculpture a spirited vibrance, developing the right line to give the creature breath and life, striking the right resonance. Then I leave off and following the sculpture.’s lead, await with great anticipation this newfound expression.
We must understand our interconnectedness and responsibility to the earth - we are together in a vast web with other innumerable and necessary species. I pray we teach ourselves and our children to be both knowledgeable and vigilant stewards of our natural home.