My artwork is ever evolving, but always focused on recycled metal. My favorite part of the process is going to metal scrap yards, sifting through piles of metal and finally finding that perfect treasure. I love knowing that something that once was going to waste will now be transformed into a beautiful work of art.
I love metal’s variety in shape, color, and texture. Aluminum is soft and oh so shiny; steel is organic and reactive to patina; copper brings a new world of color to metal. I see endless possibilities in metal and I never fear running out of inspiration.
Evolving into more organic abstract shapes, my work expresses a zen like sense of calm and tranquility. The addition of fire to my sculptures gives them a whole new dimension at night. A cold metal piece stands beautiful alone, but when flame is added, it transforms into something warm and mysterious. As humans, we are fascinated with fire; it is beautiful, warm, dangerous, and draws the viewer in with its never ending dance of flame.
Color is another evolutionary step in my artwork, using a variety of dyes and patinas. The dyes add a bright, vibrant color that brings the metal to life in varied shades. The patinas react unexpectedly with the metal; I never know what exactly will happen and that’s where I reach what I call “metalphoria”… a feeling of great pleasure induced by the act of playing with metal.
My goal is for the viewer to be moved by the work, whether it’s a silly whimsical piece that makes them laugh, or an organic sculpture that evokes a connection to the universe in a way that words can’t express. My hope is that people come away from my artwork feeling positive and that perhaps, just by experiencing it, they feel a sense of wonderment and beauty, even if only for a moment.