My two earliest memories of art are from when I was about 7 years old and I discovered Jean François Millet’s painting, “Feeding her birds” and the magnificent sculpture of “The Pieta” by Michelangelo. Millet’s gentle painting was filled with tenderness. The children in the doorway and the circumstances of the family intrigued me and made me wonder: Who are they? Do they have enough to eat? Who will they become?
Michelangelo’s masterpiece simply filled me with awe. The power and beauty of the sculpted human form is truly breathtaking and inspirational. Although the two works of art are very different in style and medium, they share common elements expressing humanity and they both include women in central roles.
Emotion is the heart of my work. When I sculpt, I reflect upon a single emotion and then endeavor to capture what that means to me and express it using the human form. To me, every face is story, etched into the features. Through the position of their body, the attitude of a hand, the nuance of a glance, personality and emotion is expressed. In sculpting, I do more than capture the likeness of an individual. I tell their story. I share their heart
My work is classical figurative sculpture and is predominately about and featuring women. I feel that women, while 50% of the world’s population, are sadly under re-presented in art today. A perusal of galleries, museums, parks and cities will reveal monuments, plaques and sculptures of many men, but few sculptures of women…and even fewer sculptures created by women are featured. My work is about noticing women and the impact that they have made in our world and celebrating them in clay and bronze.