Moving West in 1977 gave access to ocean shores and river banks with enormous variety in wooden materials, long of interest and of immediate creative use to me as an artist .
The excitement generated by finding and gathering cast about elements of nature, many beautiful in and of themselves, seemed magical and practical, too suggestive to ignore.
Nature appeared to be imitating art and following the clues came naturally. Always a fan of found art à la Picasso and others, as well as the primitive power of classic African artworks, the waterborne bounty of my shoreline shopping dovetailed perfectly.
Ancient art from around the world, especially the horse form, resonated with me as well and formed the genesis of the direction my work has taken since.
I feel very fortunate to live in Portland Oregon with it's strong history of forests and water and the magnificent Northwestern natural world as a whole. My pieces often seem to literally embody the last remnants of the great forests and of an age passed.
Walking the shores and woods has given me a gift of such magnitude and beauty that words seem utterly inadequate to express it. The need to respond drove me to create this work in an attempt to pass on some of the awe and magic I have felt.