Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I came to sculpture by a circuitous path. In my early life I was a dancer. Dance spoke to my love of movement and expression. At the same time, I was a rock hound; I explored and collected rocks of all kinds and still have some of my early collection.

As solid as stone may seem, it can be made to seem light, soft, flowing, translucent, transcendent, quite the opposite of the density, hardness, and inflexibility ordinarily ascribed to stone. This dichotomy fascinates me, as does the stone itself, the color, the texture, the physicality and rhythm of the work.

Ideas and concepts are drawn from many sources; dreams, study, reading, travel, art, and nature and are developed in sketches and models.The subject of the work is created from a personal definition of alchemy, myth and time. My personal expression of alchemy mixes elements and concepts both physical and metaphysical. It is through carving that concept is manifested and the true character of the particular stone is revealed.

The process of melding concept with stone is where the real creation takes place; the raw material becomes refined, and emerges as an essence. This is truly the dance. My hope is that for every composition, the dance of light and shadow, ancient and abstract, ambiguous and paradoxical will allow the sculpture to resonate with the individual viewer.