Monday, February 22, 2010

Artist Statement

I keep tweaking my artist statement--always feel it's too simplistic. Anyway, here goes with the statement for the North Carolina Artists Exhibition. Feel free to comment. Be gentle--you know how sensitive we AR-TISTES are.


My art, influenced by an educational background in biology and anthropology, reflects my interest in the interdependence between humans and other creatures with which we share the planet. Inspiration comes from a desire to understand the world from a non-human point of view. This, along with many years of experience working with animals large and small, has enabled me to interpret nuances of behavior, subtle but evident if we take time to learn these languages.

With patience and mutual trust, humans and animals can develop a bond where both parties communicate on an intuitive, or even spiritual, level. Although technology enables people (who have access) to exchange information frequently and instantly, there is still a fundamental human need for direct connection with another living creature. For many, this is provided by the companion animal who lives in the present, accepts us at face value, finds joy in simple pleasures, and offers unconditional love.

When creating a sculpture, I use coil, slab, additive and subtractive techniques. With a science background, my process is to research the subject in depth and incorporate a great deal of realism and detail. At some point my artist side reminds me to lighten up and play. This often manifests as a bit of whimsy or the unexpected—in the cases of “Caroline and Grace” and “Max and Gizmo,” the number on dogs’ tags is my name in numeric code:

2 9 12 5 19


Sunday, February 21, 2010

THE 2010 North Carolina Artists Exhibition to be held Sunday Feb. 28

Soon Caroline and Grace and Max and Gizmo will be putting on their winter coats and traveling to Raleigh for the 2010 North Carolina Artists Exhibition!

We are all very excited.

Artists were allowed to submit up to two pieces and both of mine got in!

I found out that over 400 pieces were submitted and, due to space limitations, only 67 were accepted, so I'm very happy.

Hope you can come to Raleigh to hear the Juror John Beerman's lecture and see the show!


Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
Location: Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Juror's Lecture (Mr. John Beerman) 2:00-3:00 in the Meymandi Concert Hall Lobby

Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony: 3:30-5:30 in the Betty Ray McCain Gallery.

The show will run until May 4 and the gallery will be open during performances at the Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Caroline & Grace and Max & Gizmo Going to Raleigh

This just in--Caroline and Grace and Max and Gizmo have been accepted into the Raleigh Fine Arts Society Show. Opening Reception, with Juror's Lecture will be Sunday, Feb. 28.

More information coming soon!

Max and Gizmo

Caroline and Grace

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Facebook Fan Page!

I can't figure out how my colleagues keep up with all the social media and find time to create art!

Having said that, I managed to create a Facebook Fan Page for Out of the Fire. Here is the url:

You can also access it by the widget on the right side of your screen. Please check it out. (There is also a widget to my personal Facebook page). I am doing a much better job with the Fan Page--have up-loaded photos and the latest news.

I must say, I am loving the Facebook Fan Page--like a combination of blogging and a web site, and very user friendly. Way to go, Facebook! Please consider becoming a fan--I like the way the page looks--very businesslike, and I will keep it concise.

I have some more to upload on this Blog (which I also love--Thank You, Google!), but have held off, since it takes forever with my camera-to-computer system (long story). I am hoping to resolve that soon.

For now I can tell you, I recently finished sculpting a piece that I am very pleased with, and have started two more. We've had a lot of things happening the middle of that, including teaching at a school in Raleigh.

More to come!