Whether my work is placed in a public, corporate or private space, it always creates a space of its own. You don't need to have an area mapped out in advance to place a piece. The presence of Sculpture creates the necessary space. My work is very human, in scale, and that adds a new level of interactivity and uniqueness to any environment. It has the power to draw diverse people closer and give them an immediate shared experience. I have come to understand and appreciate that once a piece is placed, its life begins. It activates a place and motivates the people whom it touches in a variety of ways. I'm always surprised by the feedback that I receive. For example, a little over a year ago I was approached by a photographer. He told me that he had been doing a series of photo shoots featuring professional dancers using "Dawn" as a prop. People seem to embrace the work, and each person has their relationship with it.
My fascination with symbolism in art began with medieval paintings and works explicitly from the Dutch Renaissance. In The Garden is a direct example of how this fascination has influenced and inspired my work. The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Heironymous Bosch seemed almost surreal to me when I first saw it. I learned that each of the multitude of objects; creatures, flora, and fauna depicted in the painting were symbolic of a greater idea. Some of the symbolism is lost to us, but there is much discussion about the possible interpretations of each object depicted. In the central panel on the lower left-hand side you will see several disproportionately large birds. Even though the painting was created over 500 years ago, the birds are recognizable. I decided to see if I could identify some of the birds. I found a hoopoe, a kingfisher, and this ridiculously large European goldfinch. I decided that my monumental scale strawberry sculpture, titled The Rogue Berry needed a companion piece, and set out to sculpt the goldfinch. I took the approach of polishing the areas of the bird that would be tan colored naturally. Where the coloring would be white, red, black or yellow, the bird's coloration is created using a combination of traditional and contemporary patination techniques. The bird sits atop a polished bronze egg-shaped platter. Both pieces are cast via the lost wax , and they are hand finished, polished and polychromed. In The Garden is a limited edition of 22.