Marble, 10″ x 8″ x 6″, 2002. Private collection Sculptures have to relate to the substance out of which which they are created. Any sculpture that comes from stone is going to have to relate to the density and compaction of stone, hence the idea of compression. Compression also expresses a mood, a sense of interior space in the mind, body, and spirit.
Honduras mahogany. 15″ by 7″ by 4″. 2005-2009. Private collection originally this little piece had a figure riding on it but in 2005 I was party to the death of an old horse on top of Ute mountain because I failed to follow my intuition. I felt I had sinned against my totem spirit animal, so I carved the figure away to leave just the horse.
Lignum vitae, 6 inches tall, 1990. Private collection Lignum vitae, which is Latin for living wood, is one of the densest woods in the world. It won’t float; it’s full of natural oils, and it was used by the Navy for ball bearings and chocks, and by sculptors for their carving mallets. Needless to say it’s very hard to carve and the chips fly off like missiles. Nevertheless it takes the most incredible satiny polish. The wood version of this sculpture came before the marble version of 2002.
Black walnut on Maple base, 12 inches tall, 1986. private collection. Black walnut has the perfect density to carve because it has a lot of structural integrity and it takes a beautiful polish. I enjoyed playing with varying textures in this piece and with trying to capture the feeling of collection in the horse
Pegasus and the Goddess
Seagrass and caning, 46 inches long, 1989. Private collection. I was told the story of Pegasus many times when I was a child, but never with a naked goddess riding on Pegasus’s back, which seems befitting to such a magical horse, so I had to make the image myself. i made this piece so it can hang suspended.
Colorado marble. 10″ by 11″ by 8″, 2001. SOLD !!! On our honeymoon, Henry and I stopped by Marble, Colorado to see if I could find a chunk of marble small enough for me to carry but not pinned down by the titans that had been flung off runaway trains from the quarry above. I doubt Henry knew how tenacious I could be when hunting stone, nor had he any idea that he might be pressed into service. I found a good chunk of marble at the bottom of a ravine and had to call him to push me up the hill while I clutched the marble to my belly.
black walnut, 24″ by 16″ by 8″. 2001. Private collection like Flute Abandon, this piece celebrates the joy of making music
Mask with Grazing Horse
Honduras mahogany, 29 inches tall by 15 inches wide, 2000. Private collection. In 1999, Henry and I took a trip to Benin in West Africa. That trip shook up my notion of art in the best way possible, and when we came back home our artwork exploded into new directions. Africa helped me break some rules I didn’t even know I was abiding by, such as the idea of a horse grazing on grass growing out of a human head
A Song of Home
carved in koa wood, 33″ by 9″ by 5″ on purpleheart base, 1999. Private collection This piece was strongly influenced by a trip to Benin in West Africa in 1999. It is also a good example of a sculpture that comes out of sadness because when I carved it, I was working as a County court clerk. Although it was an incredibly good part-time job for the poorest county in Colorado, it made me miserable since it was so far away from doing artwork.
carved in padouk wood, 17″ by 10″ by 2″ private collection
carved in mahogany. 24″ by 3″ by 1″ on mahogany base. This figure was influenced by a 1999 trip to Africa and by the awakening global anger of oppressed women private collection
She Who Watches
koa wood on mahogany base, 10″ by 11″ by 5″, 1998. private collection Koa wood is from Hawaii and although it is not especially hard, it has a beautiful and opalescent grain. I was experimenting with finding the figure across the grain rather than with the grain, and I’m pleased with the result, which reminds me of how water cuts through the geologic strata of a canyon.