I work in a number of different
ways but each is an extension of drawing and a reaction to the world as
experienced from day to day.
After study work in 2
dimensions, I produce sculptures by carving wood or stone or constructing
in wire and cement. I sometimes cold cast the cement sculptures into
bronze and treat it with a copper and acid solution which enhances the texture
and brings with it verdigris and rust colours.
A consistent subject throughout my
career has been the
human head in stylized, symbolic form. I am inspired by head
sculptures of Cambodia, India, Thailand and Egypt, and have traveled to see
many of them directly. My head sculptures are about mood and
contemplation, they are rarely portraits of specific people even
when the study drawings start as such.
Other subjects are largely
interpretations of natural forms. This may be figurative in the
form of amphibians, insects, birds in flight or more abstracted as
shells, fish and stylized foliage. I am most influenced by Medieval
Gothic as well as traditional Indian design and interpretation. In these
works the aim is often to bring attention to fascinating but commonly seen natural forms in a styled
and extraordinary way. Seeing the ordinary as extraordinary