The hornet nest was first carved from wax and then cast with the lost was method. The copper leaves are fabricated and then enameled. The bees are cased in silver and have rare earth magnets so they can be moved and placed at any location on the sculpture.
Copper and bronze light fixtures. Created with Blacksmithing, casting, milling, and fabrication. This is one of 25 and are 32" tall.
The honey cone, honey drips and bees are cast in bronze. The fabricated shadow box frame has a dark patina on steel. 6"h X 5"w X 3"d
One of two exterior lights hung facing each other across the entry door of a private residence. Each has 250 hand hammered feathers that were then welded on.
Fabricated and cast from copper, bronze, and mild steel. The color effects were reached with patina, gesso, prisma color pencil, and gold leaf. 11"w X 14"w X 5" d
I use images from the insect and plant worlds to communicate emotions, events, and expressions from our daily lives. Insects appear to have distinct personalities that often reflect who we are as human beings; and plants represent the various thoughts and feelings in our lives. We are very much like insects and plants, technically complex and made up of many components, yet searching for the simple things in life: food, shelter, security, and continuation of the species. I carefully choose the insect or plant that best fits the emotion, event or expression that I want to convey in my sculptures.
In my work, I draw from a wide range of metals and finishes to create the unique look and feel of each piece. I use traditional Metalsmithing methods, such as: Fabrication, forming, fold forming and lost wax casting, just to name a few. The various metal combinations influence and inform the overall design and the patinas create a detailed surface. I often use Prismacolor pencils which allow me to incorporate my love for rendering, as well as achieve a distinctive look and surface of the work.