I have always been intrigued by primitive art...especially art from the South Pacific...body painting...tattoos...wood carving...stone carving...the universal symbols contained therein that connect. I find that my own “doodles” reflect similar imagery.
This body of work stems from the drawings that flow from me when not thinking, as well as the influence from looking at and studying primitive/oceanic art. The forms themselves are allowed to take shape as they are built. The surface carving follows the same path in development.
My work tells a story, be it literal or symbolic. This personal narrative has been influenced by exposure to the various cultures and histories of the places I have lived and visited.
The sculptures are hand built with slabs and coils from a heavily grogged clay. At the leather hard stage they are carved with a variety of tools. After being bisque fired, a black stain is applied and they are again fired to cone 04.
The sculptures of houses contain the above elements, but became more personally influenced by current events in my life. I recently built a studio and the structure of doing construction comes through in these pieces. The red metal is taken from scraps from the roof on the studio.
I received an M.A. from the University of South Florida and a B.F.A. from the University of Hawaii. ...