My most authentic and meditative form of expression is “man-sized” wood carving. Driven and inspired by the grain of the tree and how it represents the earth’s beauty and emotion, I focus on subtractive spatial exploration using open form, clean lines and a strong finish.
I employ two strong dynamics. First, the delicate balance of wood and fire. Second, the relationship between positive and negative space. This often includes utilizing natural veins and cracks from the drying process, and the charred or stained remains of the finished positive form. The subtractive sculptures are carved from a single piece of hardwood like Cherry, Walnut, Ash, Maple, or Oak—usually a portion of the trunk—with some or all of the bark still on it. The early pieces are sealed with paint, enamel and/or stain. The latest ones are treated with oils and seared by torch.
Thematically, my sculptures are often abstract portraits of the inner psyche or a twisted interpretation of reality. In some cases, they are inspired by specific aspects of the human experience: The Serpentine Man reflects on self-image and Dichotomy explores the balance between mates. Regardless, they all offer viewers the opportunity to reflect, explore and stimulate inner primitive emotions through simple forms and the primal elements