How long did it take you to make that?
A lifetime (then I get a giggle…they don’t know what to say next). I’m not really trying to be a smart ass but I cannot tell someone that this particular sculpture may have taken me 2 hours to form…but clearly sooo much happened before that ‘forming’ began.
I don’t know why I like this artwork, I just do, does this sound too simple?
No, it doesn’t. I’m guessing that is what most artists like to hear. So many people begin to make excuses about not having a lot of art appreciation training, or understanding of art history to explain why they like a piece. I tell them it’s perfectly honest to follow your gut response to art…no justifications needed.
Do you always have new ideas?
You make it look so easy.
It’s not. It just looks that way because I love doing it so much. But there are days that art making is really challenging; like anything else in life.
You must have had a lot of art in your life as a child?
Not really. I was just instinctively a fervent observer.
Do you like working on commissions?
Sometimes yes and other times not so much. What I am is very grateful to have commissions to help support my art career.
Why don’t you do anymore work like you did in previous series?
There is a rhythm to art making. If I generally feel like I’ve exhausted a series then I know I need to move on. Explore. This is how you keep yourself feeling challenged and refreshed.
How is it that your personality is so funny and positive and much or your work shows struggle or pain?
I sculpt what I care about. I’m trying to figure out the nuanced expressions of pain and struggle as I work thru pieces. Sometimes the answer is deeply powerful and it helps me digest what is happening around me on a daily basis…pain and beauty alike.
Do you always play music in your studio?
Yes. Music is really important to me while I make art. It helps me separate the noise of the outside world: It helps me concentrate and feel more present.
Why don’t you talk more about the meaning of your art?
Because I don’t like to speak about my work on the spot. I feel like words simplify the true essence of the entire process and piece of art itself. I feel really inarticulate when I speak publically about my work. I want the work speaks for itself.
What does it feel like to be an artist?
I feel like a tree. I have absolutely no doubt that I am doing what I was put on this earth to do(my roots). I continue to grown and evolve each year..(my trunk). And I’m reaching out in all directions absorbing all I can (my branches and leaves). In a storm a tree shakes sometimes violently, I too feel this.