Artist Statement

Artist Statement

The artworks shown in this proposal represent my interest in creating objects of fine craftsmanship and illustrate my preoccupation with presenting landscape subject matter in surprising and non-traditional ways.
My sculpture is often categorized as defying categorization. They are neither painting nor sculpture, although they embody both processes. The design and composition of my sculpture are inspired by the forms, textures, and shapes found in nature. Color is most often used to communicate direct observations of light and my sensual and emotional reactions observing nature. Many of the ideas for my sculpture are born in the dreams I have. In a recent dream, I was in an alpine environment. Mountains and clouds were all around me. The air was cold but clean and refreshing. I could see the outlines of the mountain ridges through a fog, and there was the wind. There was an odor of oxygen in the air as if I was near a waterfall.
Also, as part of the dream, I was in the process of designing and building a sculpture about this place, problem-solving, using the methods I would use to realizes an idea in the studio. The images from this dream stayed with me for months, tucked away in my memory until I had time to actually start designing and fabricating the piece in my studio. The resulting sculpture is a work titled Alpine Lake.
Many of my sculptures are specifically based on one location: the rivers and watercourses along the North Shore of Lake Superior and their accompanying geological features, waterfalls, and cauldrons.
As for my collage work, I use photography to record my observations and experiences and over the years have acquired a vast catalog of images, original and found. The images are used for reference tools in the studio but also to create stand-alone works of art. Using computer software to manipulate, combine photographs and add compositional elements I create complex compositions that suggest a narrative although none is intended. The process of creating my collages is an intuitive process of selection, composition design, and refinement.
By observing and collecting images, experiences, emotional responses, and ideas inspired by the natural world, I record the intimate patterns and forces that nature enacts on the environment - the textures, rhythms, symmetry and asymmetry, the essences of nature’s abstract forms. This is the raw material for my art. In the studio, this sensory information is filtered through an intuitive process of building forms, painting, and processing personal and found photography resulting in art that maps the fluid, non-linear experience of the cycles of life, cycles that continuously invite the opportunity for revelation and discovery.