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I have spent my lifetime working with wood. About ten years ago a simple notion gradually dawned on me: I realized that I could use wood to create objects that would please me and my family as well as other people… that these objects did not need to fit any preconceived pattern or plan… and that these objects could be made to express my thoughts and feelings. I could build whatever occurred to me. I discovered also that, with this work, I could invoke the similar (or different) feelings and emotions in other people.
All of my pieces are created with a box (or several boxes) as the central component(s). When I apply legs, arms, heads and other appendages each box takes a human or animal form.
You will not find highly figured woods in any of my work. I prefer to use light colored, fine-grained woods such as pine and basswood. My intention is not to hide, but rather to de-emphasize the wood and instead draw attention to form and meaning. Acrylic metallic paints are used to provide visual interest and to help set the tone of each piece. Color alternates with natural wood to provide contrast.
What should we store in these boxes? I hope that we avoid paper clips, pencils and rubber bands. Icons that represent some important feelings or memories would fit well.
Where am I headed with this? I am not sure, but the goal is laughter, amusement and the interest of the viewer.