The geometric forms that I return to in
my carvings and drawings, combined with a sometimes wandering line, come
from my love of nature and how that is reflected in indigenous design
and ceremony. My eyes see a world of vitality, spirit, and endless intrigue
in the natural world. In the last few years I have also found an appreciation
for jazz, which I find myself completely absorbed in. This influence
has definitely brought about a shift in my work. It contributes to the
heart of my current work.
I have for some time been interested in
indigenous design, and sensibility, especially from Africa and Oceania,
as well as the Americas. This current body of work including carvings,
drawings, and performance all owe something to my interest in other cultures.
These cultures all share a pronounced reverence for the natural world,
and have developed over time highly stylized imagery to represent it.
In making art I am largely a process person. Working with wood is special
in this way, as it is a very sensory media. Some of my carvings have
come from trees that I have cut down, sawed into boards, dried, listened
to, sketched upon, and eventually carved. The connection is strong.
Currently, my work can be found at Freed
Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon, Bush Barn in Salem, Oregon, Mary Lou
Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon or by appointment in my studio between
Portland and the Oregon coast. I am very interested in commissions
in which my work would exist in architectural settings, be it as door
surrounds, support poles, headers, beams, mantles, etc. Contact
me for a consultation.