Artist Statement

Sculpture is my thing.  I appreciate all forms of art but working in three dimensions appeals to me in so many ways. I have gravitated to public art. I enjoy the collaboration and teamwork when putting together a large piece. It’s really the ultimate showcase for my work -- it’s out there for all the world to see and love or not.  

My specific focus is on welded steel, stainless steel and aluminum.  I often combine that with stone, wood and now also ceramic and glass.  Depending on the preference of the piece, I will go with natural patinas but also seriously love color.

I’ve always been fascinated with the East and have chosen to experiment with techniques and concepts originating there, such as wabi-sabi. For me, wabi-sabi is the acceptance of beauty infused by imperfection as a reflection of our lives and loves.

“I try to remember that the job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it. To be birthed by it. Each time we come to the end of a piece of work, we have failed as we have leapt — spectacularly, brazenly — into the unknown.” 
– Dani Shapiro