I was inspired to use stone as my primary medium during my graduate studies at Indiana University. The history and the use of native limestone that surrounded the campus fed my drive to make art. Initially working with limestone, I have amassed a body of work that is comprised of soapstone and alabaster.
My methodology leaves the door open to the opportunity of chance. Occasionally, a miss on the chisel will lead to a direction that I do not expect. When I incorporate the unexpected into the orginal design, the piece is better for it.
My work is a reflection of what I like to refer to as my visual vocabulary. This is a glossary of images that I am attracted to, or drawn to naturally from my own life experience. These are the starting points for my sculptures; a derivative of a bird, flame, flower or part of the human form. Reflected in parts rather than in the whole piece, the work starts with every day images that we are all exposed to. These images are then twisted and warped to fit my personal aesthetic of line, shape and volume.
I continue to develop new pieces of work that have been shaped by my love of the landscape and the natural world. My goal is not to mimic what I absorb, but to use it as an inspiration for a unique interpretation that will still strike a chord of familiarity with the onlooker.