Over the past 30 years, I've been creating sculptures, as well as functional and nonfunctional pieces, using various types of low and high-fired clays, glazes, and stains. During that time, I've explored various themes, but I find that I keep returning to my fascination with people.
Throughout the years, I have created a generic cast of characters loosely based on people I've observed. My subjects are familiar to everyone and represent my vision of everyday life. I consider myself an advocate of the ordinary. The inspiration for my clay figures has always been ordinary people in everyday settings, and sometimes in quirky situations. Artists have their own unique or peculiar way of looking at and depicting life. I attempt to show character in an individual through exaggerated facial expressions, body proportion, and subtle mannerisms.
Some of my works may have a tragic or pathetic quality, while others are whimsical and lighthearted. They can range from a garishly attired tourist to a solemn, dignified symphony conductor. They all have a presence about them, and we know them.
There is little ambiguity regarding my subjects or the message in my artwork. Some artists' works are cryptic, with underlying messages that require viewer speculation or an explanation by the artist. If there is a message I'm trying to convey to the viewer it's that there is no message.
What I consider important is that my work is accessible and easily understood. My intent is to connect with the viewer and elicit a response that doesn't require serious contemplation or analysis. The most common reaction to my work, I've observed, is a smile, and that suits me fine.