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You will find a diverse range of artwork here; from abstract, decorative sculptures and mobiles to figurative pieces and anthropological reflections on American culture. In recent years, my primary focus has been outdoor sculptures in aluminum, steel, and reinforced cement.  Some of those have been wind-driven kinetic pieces.  Many of my larger works have been commissioned as public art projects.

If this is your first visit, start with the Artwork page. It will give you a quick visual overview of my work. From there, you can proceed to the type of work that interests you most. There are over 100 pages of individual works. If you would like a more conceptual overview, read my Artist's Statement below. Have fun exploring!

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Recent Work--To see the full range of my work, go to Artwork.

3/18/21
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A Memory Garden
An outdoor aluminum wall sculpture

 
1/28/21
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Outer Reach
An aluminum outdoor sculpture

 
11/22/20
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Humpty Dumpty
A kinetic sculpture.

 
9/5/20
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Hatchling
An outdoor sculpture in steel and aluminum.

 
4/23/20
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Impractical Hardware
An exploration of distorted fasteners in bronze, steel and aluminum.

 
3/28/20
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Crabby Mouse
I designed a sculpture that you can assemble.  FREE!  Print the PDF files, cut out the patterns, tape them together, and decorate.

 
12/17/19
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What Do We Really Want from War Memorials?
My essay exploring the controversy around Confederate monuments, posted on the Sculpture magazine website

 
12/2/19
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En Pointe
Kinetic sculpture commissioned for Array At West Alex, a mixed-use development in Alexandria, VA
Installed in October of 2019

     
11/20/19
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Deep Roots, Long Reach
Kinetic sculpture commissioned for the Charleston, WV Coliseum and Convention Center
Installed in March of 2019

 
11/19/19
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Exploratory Unit 01
Between commissions, I explored some new directions
Completed in March of 2018

 
 11/18/19
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Lightning Sanctuary
Perforated surfaces, solar lighting
Completed in June of 2018

 
11/17/19
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Mesa
Aluminum with a patina
Completed in December of 2017

 
11/8/17
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Exploratory Unit 02
Creature? Extraterrestrial Probe?

 
 To see older works, explore Artwork.


Artist's Statement

My artwork is diverse in materials, style, technique, and content. It is difficult to explain the diversity, except to say that I love to experiment and I am drawn to new challenges. I have worked with metals, wood, cement, plastics, and found objects. Some of the threads that tie my work together are humor, a fascination with curves, motion (or implied motion), and an interest in the human condition. My sculptures can roughly be divided into two parts--decorative works and social commentary.

My decorative works include freestanding sculptures (indoor and outdoor), wall pieces, and mobiles. They range in size from tabletop pieces to a 200' long outdoor sculpture installation. These works tend to be curvy, abstract, distorted geometric forms. Most embody a strong sense of motion. I am intrigued by motion or, more accurately, the paths taken by objects in motion. I love to let my eyes trace the path of a bird swooping through the air or a fish gliding through water. Many of my sculptures are like 3-D snapshots of such motions.

While most of my decorative pieces contain aspects of implied motion, the mobiles are literally in motion. The delicate balance and subtle, graceful, gliding motions of mobiles have intrigued me since I was a child. As a sculptor I appreciate the ever-changing shapes and intersections of lines.

My works of social commentary include the American Artifacts series, figurative pieces, and other works. These pieces often include an element of humor. The materials are often related to the meaning of the pieces. Some pieces are based in my personal experiences and struggles; others are derived from my observations and understandings of the world around me.

The series American Artifacts is a group of mixed-media sculptures accompanied by text. The work is created and presented in a form that simulates an exhibit in a natural history museum. At first glance, the sculptures appear to be artifacts from some foreign or primitive culture, but on closer inspection one finds that the "artifacts" are derived from objects common to modern life in the United States. The accompanying text describes the objects in a style reminiscent of the descriptions one might find in a natural history museum beside stone axes and broken ceramic figurines, yet it refers to our own culture.

A significant amount of my artwork has included the human figure in one form or another. My work has included life-size figures, portions of figures, and installations using mannequins. I find something particularly compelling in life-size human figures. They tend to create a strong presence in a room regardless of the style or material. We are "programmed" (psychologically if not biologically) to relate to the human form in certain ways. When a viewer encounters a figurative sculpture he brings a certain familiarity which at least for a moment, allows him to feel a likeness to the sculpture. The viewer also feels his difference of course, and from this contradiction he must draw some meaning.

In all of my work, whether decorative or provocative, I aim to offer viewers a new perspective.

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