Turning to outdoor sculpture has been a logical evolution since my work has always been nature based. The majority of the installations have been sited in a relationship to trees and plants, with the exception of the rope ladders, which were suspended from several historical buildings. My intention is for this body of work to be so integrated into the site that the sculpture becomes a part of the environment and verges on being unidentifiable as an artwork.
Often the hand built porcelain with inlaid colored clays is combined with river wood collected from the banks of a neighboring creek and then mounted on a tree. Other installations, such as “Aerial tendrils” and “Stalactites”, are attached directly to a tree and appear to become a part of it. The color palette of the porcelain elements is designed to harmonize with the wood so that they appear to be growing either from the “host” tree or from the wood to which they’re connected. Over the years I have abstracted my vocabulary of forms from shapes found in nature, such as shells, bones and fungi. Inspiration comes from my deep appreciation of nature.