Artist Statement

My sculpture comes out of the the various traditions of statue making. When I observe people in social gatherings and private settings I continually see the past traditions of figurative sculpture assert themselves through the poses, attitudes, and physiques of my contemporaries. With the past present all around me I investigate the ancient forms and methods of depicting the body and spirit along with notions they were meant to communicate. I am compelled to have a conversation with those ancient forms and my sculpture is the result of that dialogue. While I model the forms from direct observation of the naked model a gradual change occurs to the exterior form where it no longer is a strictly mimetic process, but an inherent abstract formality, a past contained in the bones of the idea, which begins to direct the composition and the aesthetics.