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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.

Red Mask

carved in padouk wood, 17″ by 10″ by 2″ private collection

Grrrrl

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.

Black Madonna

carved in ironwood, a very dense desert wood. 11″ by 71″ by 5″ private collection

ironwood grows very slowly in austere conditions. The chips flew off this carving as sharp missiles, but as you can see, the wood takes on a polish you wouldn’t believe. Ironwood has s distinct demarcation between the dark heartwood and the blond sapwood.

Metta: Goddess of Loving Kindness

lignum vitae, a very dense, oily, and fragrant hardwood. 21″ by 9″ by 5″ 1996. private collection

This figure honors the strength and courage of incarcerated women. I wanted to make an image of a woman who was so grounded and clear, she would never burn out.

Strutting My Stuff

carved in koa wood on ash base, 22″ by 12″ by 5″. 1997. private collection.

This is a composite portrait of the women in prison I came to know through the Prison Integrated Health Program, a holistic health program for prisoners and staff that I founded at FCI Dublin, the West Coast federal prison for women. The women were feisty, defiant, strong, and surprisingly knowledgeable about the world. I also made an appliquéd quilt on the same theme, also titled “Strutting my Stuff.”

Calling Down the Moon

ash wood, 22″ by 12″ by 1″, 1997. private collection

Ash wood, like oak, has what’s called a “loud” figure, meaning the striations between dark and light in the wood’s growth rings are pronounced. This feature comes in handy when attempting to give the illusion that the sculpture has much more depth than a 1 inch board.

I have identified strongly with horses my entire life, and although I’ve never actually taken this exact pose or had a horse that allowed me to do so, this sculpture expresses the feeling of unity and ecstasy I have with horses

The Seeker

English walnut, 29″ by 14″ by 1″, 1995. Private collection.

Sometimes it’s important to push the limits of the material, as I with the fingers and toes in this double bas relief. You risk the sculpture breaking, but if you’re successful, there is a delicacy and dance-like quality that comes through.

Guardian Angel

carved in onyx, 7″ by 15″ by 4″ on walnut base. private collection

I suppose this is an homage piece for my sculpture mentor, Gordon Newell whose sculptures in his prime were boiled down to the simple essence of form: concavity and convexity. The brown intrusions in the white onyx add movement and suggest flight.

Mahogany Dancer

carved in honduras mahogany on oak base, 25″ by 15″ by 2″, on oak base. private collection

mahogany is a joy to carve as it combines the ease of softer woods with the integrity and luster of hardwoods. this dancer once had a skirt, but I decided the form was more dynamic without it.

Mother and Child

carved in honduras mahogany to honor the incarcerated women who are mothers. 12″ tall private collection