I am inspired by the urban and figurative landscape. I am intrigued by the issues of modern day society and placing them in a historical context with clasical references or in contrast with decaying industry. – modern skyscrapers juxtaposed against the decaying transfer bridge – one representing luxury housing and one hard labor, one present day, one past. Similarly, I am drawn to the ghosts of our past and the imprints that are left behind with the deconstruction of mateirals.
I am influenced by the urban environment in which I grew up and now live, as well as the people I meet along the way. I like to find the character of people. I enjoy figurative sculpture the most when it is raw, fresh and gestural, capturing the guts and unique qualities of a person or pose, dynamic position or the essence of character. However, I see the figure not only as an individual but, as a reference to something larger.
I am in love with materials and their characteristics both physical and psychological. Cement is my preferred media because it reminds me of our urban environment. It can go outside, grow moss, crack and decay. It is cold and hard, a wonderful contrast to the figure or the plants which are alive, organic and growing. However, I have worked in foam, clay, steel, wood, grass, wax, paper, glass, plaster, fiberglass, and found objects. I will use whatever material suits the need. I have made a series of boxes exploring the organic vs. man-made, using materials such as railroad ties with grass, Formica with dirt, and cinder bocks with wood.