The human figure is the measure of so much in our world. From the moment we are born we experience form through touch: the form of our mother’s body. For much of my life, I have expanded on this initial contact with artistic exploration of humankind in its many dimensions.
When I was in university, my attention was caught by Durkheim’s concept of “anomie”, particularly as it applied to the alienation of people who lived side-by-side in the same industrialized, urban environment – even the same building – yet had no real connection to each other.
In pondering anomie, I thought about what does connect us, our connection with nature, and how nature connects us with spirit. This led me to develop my animal series. (To see the series, click here.)
I like to explore the balance between opposites both in my life and in my careers: art and science; disfigurement and beauty; the traditional and the modern; craft and technology; nature-made and human-created.
In my work, I preserve the traditional methods of sculpting, focussing on the classic aspects of craft: proportion, accurate anatomy, expression through gesture, subtlety of movement, and natural beauty.
Inspired by Bernini and Michelangelo, my passion is to create timeless yet current sculptures that convey the spirit within – whether I am sculpting a historical figure, a contemporary adult or child, or an animal of the mythic Canadian forest.