Artist Statement

As a professor of sculpture at The University of South Carolina in Columbia, experimentation has led me through many avenues of art making. My art began with painting, using acrylic and oil. As my canvases grew to a size larger than myself, a need to manifest these works into the third dimension developed. Ceramics was a steppingstone towards manifesting the paintings into room filling installations and sculpture. The study of the Raku firing process led to the colorization of the clay and this spontaneity of process became a passion. Learning to throw pottery and to build and fire all types of ceramic kilns only validated the desire to use fire in my art.
I began welding and creating steel sculptures from all sorts of discarded and found metal. Shortly thereafter, my own shapes and forms were achieved at the coal/gas forge, hammer, and anvil. This historic method seemed so natural to me as the heated steel responded very similarly to wet clay. As time progressed, my focus turned towards bronze casting. Through this process, I am able to fully realize all of my skills and visual sensitivities, as bronze casting allows for even the tiniest of details to be made permanent in metal. The many steps involved in this creation process parallel my own artistic journey of learning, understanding, and developing these abilities.

In my current artwork, I look to nature for inspiration and content. Nature provides numerous examples of form, pattern, colors, and proportions in perfect ratios and harmony. The juxtaposition of animal and plant forms is the basis of my sculptural structures of clay, steel, wax, wood, and bronze. Balance is the integral element that helps me push the possibilities of obtaining the most dynamic freestanding sculpture, whatever material I choose.