Is there an artwork/song you are most proud of? Why?
I love developing and creating new ideas for specific projects. Outdoor installations are always interesting and of course get the best visibility to impact the public.
My life size bronze of “Sheba” the African Elephant is such a sculpture. She has power and grace and cast in my unique style; the message of her delicate existence is forefront. Fragmented and fragile but with the strength we know to be of her nature.
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from all around me. I see people and I see a sculpture. People’s faces, body language, the message I could create to emphasize their stand out quality or feature. I have a vision of what I could do to bring out their essence as that is what is most relevant and obvious to me.
Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
I need people. I’m not a loner, I thrive on the energy of others. Getting others excited about what I do and get them involved brings elements that are unexpected and exciting. Art should be an experience that has impact. It should speak to people in one way or another.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
Molten metal at 2400 degrees F liquid as lava that I control is an amazing rush. As I ladle out each batch of gold/red heat and flick the molten metal into a sand mold, It will cool instantly and take shape to create the form developing Infront of me and it’s magic. Free form patterns that come alive with the flick of my wrist. So much power and magic in metal that is mailable at high temperatures. Creating with bronze gives immortality to my work.
What work of art have you seen recently that you can’t get out of your head?
There are so many homeless in Niagara Falls and it pains me to watch their daily struggles. For the haves and have nots the divide is great. My vision is of a sculpture depicting a man sleeping on a bench torn clothes and worn out shoes to bring attention and empathy to their plight. We can do something about it. Sculptures bring issues to the forefront and impact to bring about change.
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