Sculptor in Stone, Wood and Metal
I have had a life-long interest in stone and wood carving, and have always been challenged by the direct carving of resistant but ultimately revealing stone and wood. Primarily self-taught, beginning at home and camp with found pieces of wood and stone, I went on to study stone carving one summer at the California College of Arts and Crafts, between the two years of earning a Master's of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley. I continued to take art classes when and where I could, finally moving to Mendocino in 1974, so I could pursue my interests in art more fully.
Over the years, I have studied with a variety of sculptors including Mel Henderson, Ruth Cravath, Flory Chow, and have taken classes from Judith Greenleaf, Bob Rhoades, Mary Anderson, Constantine Seferlis and John Fisher through the Mendocino Art Center and the College of the Redwoods. My works have been shown at the Mendocino Art Center, Dharma University Studio Gallery, Jewish Community Center in San Francisco, the Santa Rosa City Council Chambers, Flockworks in Mendocino and various art shows sponsored by the Humane Society and Eileen Hawthorne Fund.
I have worked in a variety of media, primarily marble and wood, but also bronze, cement, clay, metals, styrofoam and found objects. My subjects have included figurative, often with a musical theme, an endangered wildlife series, many dogs and cats and, on occasion, political and anti-war themes. There is always adventure and uncertainty in working with stone and wood. One never knows for sure where the hidden cracks may be or what colors and patterns may emerge until well into the work, or even often until the final finishing. Stone and wood vary in hardness: alabaster may be as soft as balsa wood and ebony as hard as marble. Sculptors learn to enjoy the unexpected and must inevitably adapt to the material's innate nature and limitations. Not a bad rule for living.
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