For years I have dreamed of expressing the natural splendor of bonsai in the ancient medium of bronze. Of the three-legged stool that comprises my work sculpture, bronze and bonsai, I honestly could not tell you which leg fascinates me the most. Few words can express the joy that I have found in trying to create an amalgam of these three fantastic disciplines. This pursuit, which at times has felt more like an obsession, has enabled me to create something very reminiscent and familiar but at the same time entirely fresh and new.
I am a self-educated artist who has become knowledgeable in many methods of bronze manufacture. The sheer complexity of the work and my unwavering preference to preserve the techniques of traditional lost wax casting, has made the task a daunting one. I have found myself to be as much an amateur inventor, experimentalist, and engineer as I had ever fancied myself an artist.
The presented works have been sculpted in entirety. I do not copy or “directly burnout” any organic material but draw solely from photographed references, my imagination, and years of enthusiastic study. Special care and attention has been devoted to rendering lifelike and stylistically accurate portrayals of bonsai trees within the boundaries of casted bronze. I have developed my own techniques for the original sculpt and most importantly, I have invented a new mold design which enables me to make numbered editions. Through this journey, I have also formulated some of my own... Read More