personal statement is to tell my story as a witness to life, using
raw elements of clay or pigment pushed by simple wooden tools. I
find it my obligation to remove myself from personal interpretation
and attempt to truthfully replicate forms of nature.
I began sculpting professionally at the age of 18 and was
immediately thrown into the mix of professional self-taught artists all
scrambling to capitalize on “art”. Having produced a large successful body of
work at a young age, I decided to look for more technical help in creating
representational work. Following a traditional approach to realism, I studied
in Italy at the Florence Academy of art as well as The Atelier in Minnesota in
an attempt to pursue the spirit of tradition within realistic work in a structured
academic environment. I believe that the 20th century has rejected and lost
most of the traditional approach to art and realism; forgetting the language
of art which has been used for centuries. Fortunately, it was resurrected and
held loosely together in small tight
knit groups and now it is slowly gaining popularity again. In my opinion it is
naive to not absorb the knowledge of the past in order to better one’s self in
any subject; especially in regards to technical training of visual competence.
Life for me is a continual journey of study and
learning new and old ways in pursuit of my personal goals. I find myself very
content living close to nature, studying life from high tundra peaks to my own
personal backyard buffet of waterfowl and upland game birds. I feel fortunate
to be free in life and have the opportunity brought about by sacrifice to
follow my dreams.
To my patrons I will add
thanks for your continued support but it is important for you to remember
that I do not create work for you only. I also create for your grand
children's children, so they can know what true nature provides for us.
Together we see and hear the whistling wings of green wing teal on a fogy
morning, the rush of a covey of quail exploding under foot, and the bugle of
a bull elk amidst a changing aspen forest. All to be shared with family and
friends, passed down
through generations with respect and amazement.