One project I do is to carve large wood log sculpture in public locations, where people can watch the artist at work. I also carve into tree sections or stumps at private homes by commission.
I have received several Maine Arts Commission Grants, two Pollack- Krasner Foundation Grants and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to study the art of The Taino Indian in The Dominican Republic. Art residencies attended have included; Brush Creek, Wyoming, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and VCCA in Virginia and Auvillar,France, Vermont Studio Center and Altos- de Chavon in The Dominican Republic. In 2020, I received A Maine Crafts Association Apprenticeship grant to learn to carve granite sculptures with Thomas Berger of Kittery.
I carve wood and stone and model clay to create my organic form sculptures. Small scale pieces are exhibited in gallery shows and larger scle pieces are exhibited in outdoor site sculpture shows. The imagery of my sculpture is derived from nature and the forms are organic. Sources for ideas come from flora and fauna and small biological specimens. This organic iconography suggests themes of germination, growth, cyclic changes, and regeneration. The fact that one expects these forms to be tiny is important as they become unexpectedly more powerful when enlarged to a gigantic scale. By enlarging the size of the forms, I wish to make the viewer aware of his/her size in relation to one’s environment and also to add an element of surprise or humor. As an artist, I wish to cause the viewer to become more aware of his/her body, size, and surrounding space as well as to enhance one’s connection to the natural world.
I worked as a full time art teacher in both public and private schools for over twenty years and am now spending more time as a sculptor and am available to teach sculpture or ceramic classes and workshops. One of my special areas of expertise is teaching soft stone alabaster carving to kids and adults.