The sources of inspiration for my artwork are forms derived from the plant and animal kingdoms. I use stylization and exaggeration to create new abstracted forms — whether enlarging a microscopic image to human scale, or isolating a particular part of a recognizable plant or animal. While embodied with naturalistic references, each sculpture seemingly evolves into its own unique form — a meticulously cultivated hybrid of sorts. Although visually diverse, the forms are typically whimsical in their imaginative combinations of elements, especially color and texture.
Mostly I choose my subjects based on formal interest, but in the slow, repetitive process of creating the work I contemplate potentially symbolic meanings. Conceptual themes include parasitic relationships, ecological or environmental issues, attraction and repulsion, and sexuality. Whatever the source material or theme, I try to convey broad messages of societal and personal concern to a range of viewing audiences.