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My art is a narrative statement on human impact highlighting the juxtaposition
of wild animals adapting to urban areas. I have worked many years as a re-forester and see the devastation that can happen when things go awry with nature. I have seen animals trying to survive in the most unlikely places; birds nesting in high tension towers, salamanders making homes in beer cans, bears, coyote and bobcat roaming in urban yards -- all victims of urban sprawl but at least they are still here.
After researching the endangered status of each animal, I sketch my thoughts on paper and decide whether I will sculpt, etch or paint my subject. I sculpt with high-fire porcelain or stoneware from blocks of clay, adding and subtracting as I go. I use my hands, slab roller, extruder, carving tools, including wood fragments or shells to create shapes and textures. For larger works I create an armature. The permanence of clay allows me to feel that I am immortalizing the animal.
I paint or etch what I cannot create in clay. Coming from an illustration background, I use this opportunity to tell a story or set a mood more deeply. Showing fight scenes among native and non-native birds, the rush of a pack of wolves running through city streets or a bobcat roaming through an abandoned building -- all have an impact that outreaches the boundaries of sculpture.
I feel my sculptures are as fragile as the endangered animals and remain a record of what we have with us today but may lose tomorrow.