I have been working as an artist for approximately 45 years. I work in several different mediums and manners, from landscape painting to working in wood and found materials in the interest of creating larger public and outdoor residential pieces. I first started having my wooden structures translated into cast bronze which offered great results, but it was very costly both in time and money
About four years ago I discovered that I could cut my animal and floral shapes from aluminum, using the same tools that I have been using for wood. It was an awakening of new ideas, new processes and new work! The imagery is the same: animals, foliage, trees and trellises. I like working in aluminum as a medium for my outdoor sculptures, because it will last forever and never rust. I also take great care in preparing the surface for painting, powder coating or a combination of both.
I'm going wild with increasingly more vivid color combinations and because I am not always able to choose which colors to use, many pieces are reversible. This way each side has a different color combination! I also make each sculpture easy to turn once they are installed. This way you can enjoy both sides.
I'm very excited about my new work. Every day offers a new idea for a variety of new designs and forms of sculpture. Right now, I am working on a series of outdoor illuminated pieces. Lightboxes or pedestals that are ideal for the garden landscape, deck or patio. Also, fully 3-dimensional trees with large and lighted blown glass birds are in the works!
Currently I am pursuing a series of installations and exhibitions at garden museums and botanical gardens along the East Coast, starting with Highfield Hall Mansion and Garden in Falmouth, MA, and at Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, MA.
We will see what comes next! Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions!
My imagery is mostly animals combined with a variety of colorful foliage, fruits and dazzling flowers. These ideas and visions all come to me in my mind's eye as I am creating, as though it is some sort of spiritual magic and awakening! This spiritual magic reveals itself to me when the piece is complete. Many of the pieces tell a story yet I do not know the story, until the cast of characters reveals itself to me.
The first time that I noticed this 'magic', was while I was working on a large trellis or grid form that I was making for Children's Hospital Boston. It was constructed of old and twisted deadwood pruned from my ancient stand of lilac bushes! I attached the sticks and branches together to form something that looked like a rustic fence or trellis. This presented me with a perfect stage for that cast of characters: birds, fish, snakes, mice, fruits, flowers and various other leafy things. This sculpture was intended to be installed in the trauma center waiting room of Children's Hospital Boston. I mounted the last object, and I stood back to take a good look. This is when I realized what it meant and represented: it represented a rebirth some new growth and some new hope!
The trellis of dead and twisted branches may have stood unnoticed and abandoned for many years until now. One day as if by a miracle a few new birds appeared, leaves sprouted, and flowers once again bloomed, and fruits began to grow. The creatures of the land moved right in, realizing that it was a healthy place in which to flourish. The trellis became a microcosm of life and good health, a new beginning. A good life, new growth and renewed hope.
The celebration of life!
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