I am interested in exploring human content by working figuratively with clay, giving expression to internal realities that are both personal and universal in nature. In its raw state, clay responds to the maker’s hand and unrivaled sensitivity and expressive power. Fingerprints, gouges, and tool marks remain, energizing the surface of figures that emerge. As I work the clay, I search for forms that eommunicate on a profound level.
Working on the broad canvas of clay for the commissioned relief “Tribute” was for me a transformational experience-some fundamental changes in my aesthetic emerged, leading me to my present exploratations. They are: a greater respet for the inherent qualities of the raw clay; a developing appreciation for the process, allowing marks made by the hand and tools to remain; a concentration on the “whole”, rather than the summation of parts; and an increasing reliance on intuition-allowing forms and meaning to emerge more freely.