Building large sculpture is hard work. Anyone who has built a large sailboat in the back yard knows the agonizing length to which initial inspiration is stretched. Getting inspired for a sculpture is like falling in love: it is exciting, but patience is demanded for the long term. Often the shape each sculpture takes is suggested by past work; this is called artistic development. Some works suggest an entirely new direction to pursue. Each piece makes its personal statement, though they all evidence a common origin.
My criteria for image making include bringing something into being, creating something dimensional, colorful, in space, to express the images in my mind in a form of reality that others can experience.
I’ve had a conch shell in my studio for many years. Its influence on the aluminum sculpture, “Narwhal,” is obvious. All forms — natural, man-made, stone, shell, tree, machine, — excite the imagination.
Building sculpture-in-the-round from flat sheet aluminum offered an exciting challenge.
Aluminum does not rust, it glows in the moonlight on the night landscape, dazzles in sunshine when polished. Beneath layers of protective oxidation, it takes on a soft, natural quality.
Feelings of awe, inspiration, imagination, love, compel us to breach the protective walls and security of what is known, to venture into the unknown.
We create the ever-changing experience called reality.