I cannot say in words what I communicate visually. The internal dialog that occurs while I’m working augments the process but does not explain the result. Good work stands independent of its making. To appreciate art is to be sensitive to your own responses to it.
I find the imagery available in non-objective art limitless and sometimes overwhelming so early on I made the decision to set parameters within which to work. I decided to look for sophisticated aesthetics in simple forms and concepts. The early sculptures were all made using the same basic shape, the first shape my hands made patting around a wad of clay. It was roughly a pear shape and I made a number of pieces with it: bubblegum machines, refrigerators, bible scenes and ecological statements. There was non-objective work as well but most of the pieces had some frame of reference to real objects. Nevertheless I decided to call it non-objective folk art, because of the simple, naïve imagery, and sought to further define it and operate within its parameters.
Eventually the forms evolved to a simple geometry. I also broadened the scope of materials used from ceramic to cast resin, carved wood, forged and fabricated metals, and cast metals. However forged and fabricated bronze captured my attention most. Working directly with sheet metal to create three-dimensional forms brings a raw honesty to the sculpture, and bronze that is well worked adds a rich unique quality.
The work has also evolved conceptually. I still explore non-objective folk art but use it as direction rather than definition. And instead of relying on a frame of reference I now rely on depth of character in a piece to provide conceptual value.
I look to communicate sophisticated aesthetics with a simple visual language that is honest and well worked.
BORN: 1952, Des Moines, Iowa
Currently resides in Santa Fe County, New Mexico
1977 Bachelor of Arts, Metropolitan State College, Denver CO
1974-78 Apprenticeship, Edgar Britton, bronze sculptor, Littleton CO
1970-72 Apprenticeship, Ole’ Jorgenson, wood sculptor, Des Moines IA
MEDIA & PUBLIC ENDORSEMENT
2015 FEATURE ARTICLE, Santa Fean magazine, June/July issue
2014 FEATURE ARTICLE, Santa Fean magazine, June/July issue
2013 FINALIST for the 2014 State of New Mexico Acclaimed Artists Series
2012 FINALIST for City of Albuquerque, NM, Public Art Program, Cherry Hills Library
2011 SOLO EXHIBITION: Littleton Museum, Littleton CO (an Affiliate of the Smithsonian
2009 FINALIST for the 2010 State of New Mexico Acclaimed Artists Series
2007 FEATURE ARTICLE, Sculptural Pursuit magazine, Spring issue
2006 SELECTED ARTIST for the third biannual Acclaimed Artists’ Series by the Art in Public Places
Program of New Mexico
2005 ACQUISITION: “Edge & Point”, by the Littleton Museum, Littleton CO, 1% for the Arts
2002 SELECTED ARTIST for the Acclaimed Artists’ Series by the Art in Public Places Program of
2001 ACQUISITION by the New Mexico 1% for the Arts, 6' bronze wall relief for the Bernalillo
County Courthouse, Albuquerque NM;
1990 FEATURED ARTIST in “Colores” PBS-TV series on contemporary New Mexico artists