From the artist:
"I often feel that whatever an artist creates cannot equal what nature displays. But I can select elements to communicate my vision. Nature is in my palette and is an endless source of pattern, texture, and form. It inspires me. Whether I am looking at crushed stone on a mountain side or the trails of insect infestation in rotting wood, I am fascinated by it. The varieties of texture, scale, color and form are everywhere. Whether looking at a macro or micro level, patterns repeat in fresh formations.
I make symbolic landscapes because there are other ways to look at a landscape than recreating a snapshot of a particular vantage point. The work shown is from an evolving series called "Patterns of Nature." Whether reflecting planar surfaces of rock or the curve of flowing water, these varied modules come together to make landscapes of elements, weather patterns and flora in a sequence like a story of the world that I want to see.
While my everyday landscape is filled with shopping centers, traffic, and housing developments, I choose to have my personal landscape filled with the details that get overlooked in everyday life. The pieces are poems that I have written to those who view my work. Making art makes me feel liberated from work. I think about what I am going to make, how to make it, how to vary it, what kind of new materials or tools I can learn about and use all the time. I have worked in wood, metal, plastic, wire, fabric, and found objects; and I have painted, patinated, welded, routed, laser cut, veneered, formed, hammered, heat formed, riveted etc. I just love my work and think I would shrivel up and die if I could not make art. It is the air I breathe.
I started my art business in 1993. I have exhibited internationally and sold work that is in collections around the world. In 2008, I built a 2400 sq ft. studio in Lewis Center which allows me to create even larger work. I am currently working on a commission for Michigan State University's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in East Lansing Michigan which is a 21 ft. wall sculpture that captures the idea of what happens conceptually inside a cyclotron."