Art has always been a part of my life.

 

As a child I fashioned intricate designs out of the playdough my mother made me, and hammered acorns and leaves to pine boards as my way to “make art.” As I grew, I experimented in multiple art in forms — from painting and sculpting, to quilting, rug-hooking and ceramics. I learned everything I could about art and wondered not where I could buy something, but how I could make it. Sculpting became my passion; I love the silky feel of plasticine clay and the precise detail that I am able to achieve when I create a clay maquette.

I am inspired by people and their stories. I strive to find stories that are uplifting and evoke a sense of hopefulness, and tell that story that through sculpture. I am fascinated by the human form and the fluidity of movement and expression. I begin every figurative sculpture by forming a perfect body. Even if no one will see this beautiful body, I know it is there. This gives me the assurance that the draping of the clothing will flow as it should. The attitude of my sculptures can be seen and felt through gesture as well as on my intricately-sculpted facial features. The process creates a feeling of passion which is completely consuming. When I’m working in my studio, I become absorbed and focused on how the art is created and how it develops.

I choose to cast my work in bronze using the lost wax method because of its inherent beauty and longevity. Representational figurative sculpture makes up the body of my work. There is something utterly captivating about creating sculpture, and once it has you in its snares, it won’t let you go.

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