Nature is my stimulus: the sky, landscape, wind, light, plants, birds, animals, people, and water. I work to imply a feeling of motion and emotion. I do not try to recreate nature in detail, but use its elements to construct my ideas.
I try to communicate these ideas through three-dimensional objects. I work hard at making my sculptures appealing to all people, be it the art critic or the average person on the street. I feel art is for all people, not just those who can afford it. I want my sculpture to stimulate people and to have an inner spirit and a soul. I want to cause people to think and be creative in their thinking.
I work in all media, but my main passion is for metal. Most of my work is constructed in copper, brass, bronze and steel, which I cut, shape, weld, and then polish or patina with various treatments. I like the linear quality I get from constructing metal, as if I am creating three-dimensional drawings. Though my creative energies take many forms, since 1980 my primary focus has been water sculptures. Rather than designing a sculpture into which water is incorporated, I begin with the water flow pattern and create the sculpture necessary to achieve it. The key element to a successful water sculpture is the sound, and creating a pleasant sound requires controlling the water’s flow through and across the metal. I basically design with water.
I try to communicate my own ideas in my own way, and I hope people will enjoy my sculptures as much as I enjoy making them.