My sculptures begin by chance when a friend or arborist brings me a section of a tree that has been trimmed or cut down. How I shape the piece depends upon the wood itself, taking cues from its shape, color, and texture. By contrasting the rough, outer bark with its sanded and smoothed interior, I bring out the beauty of the grain and original texture.
In some sculptures, I create environments by introducing different materials like sand, seeds, and pigment powders. This adds another dimension to the work and suggests a miniature landscape of a cave or mountain range. I am interested in making comparisons between micro and macro worlds.
Underlying all of my sculpture is the idea of transformation and renewal. By excavating their sensual beauty, old trees that have been cast off find a new identity.