The focus for my art is to capture a specific emotion or mind set in each piece, thereby allowing my viewers to see thing the way I see them. Sculpture is my medium of choice, and my sculptures take the form of animals. I spent my childhood learning about different creatures, and as a result animals have a powerful significance to me on a personal level. I draw a parallel between my emotions and the animals that personify those emotions. My dog sculpture, Go Fetch, captures the joy of play. My sloth, One with Nature, in contrast is all about a tranquil peace and acceptance of oneself.
I tend to use different materials for each piece when sculpting, and these materials play into the animal and emotion I am depicting. In many of my sculptures, sticks are used. Sometimes the connection between the sticks and animal is direct, as in Go Fetch: dogs, sticks, fetching all go together. In other pieces like From the Sticks, the sticks are more of a metaphor for home. I uses other materials when the animal and emotion calls for it.
I strive to make people pause and wonder how I make the things I do. I believe that true art can be both thought provoking and beautiful. I'm not looking for the shock factor that a lot of contemporary artist are now a days, rather I wish for my art to evoke a sense of veneration. I like making what I do seem natural and effortless while still making it apparent the amount of work I invested in each piece. I love that through my own patients, creativity, ingenuity, and passion I can be an acting force in this magical process of making my imagination a reality.
Art Class History at Monmouth
ARTD-114 Art History Survey
ARTD-350 Special Topics in Art History
ARTD-243 Observational Painting
ARTD-101 Art and Ideas
ARTD-224 Multiples and Installation
ARTD-344 Abstract Painting
ARTD-250 Special Topics in Studio
ARTD-402 Contemporary Art
ARTD-323 Sculpture: Construction and Foundry