Treasure hunts for me are looking for intriguing objects when I am hiking, on a beach or even on a busy sidewalk. Lately these objects have been things like pine cones, leaves, seed pods, and roots. Nature provides an endless supply of unique and wonderful forms that serve as a constant source of inspiration.
My objective is to create as much joy as possible for myself and the audience with my ceramic and metal Sculptures. The focus is to highlight and experiment with certain aspects of a natural shape such as turning a pine cone upside down to draw attention to its sacred, geometric spiral or to try to capture the delicate feather like texture of a dandelion out of steel. I like the idea of taking a small seed pod, that someone might normally overlook, and recreating it into a ceramic or metal large sculpture. The goal is to make powerful sculptures inspired by natural forms like leaves, mushrooms, or bark, which some might see as insignificant. I want to add value, or at least bring awareness of these intricate designs that Nature has placed all around us.
When I am hiking, I am always looking for the faces, figures or animal forms found in roots or bark. I see little personalities in a piece of drift wood that looks like an old man’s face or a swimming figure. I hope to encourage others to look for the magical, positive and beautiful aspects in our natural surroundings.