I use the materials, tools and techniques of woodworking to render images from daily life: textile, plant, animal and human forms. This vocabulary emphasizes the tactile possibilities of wood: from smoothly pleated forms and carved basketweave motifs to corduroy-textured surfaces.
Through these efforts, I honor the spirit of my artisan ancestry and the quiet heroism of daily life while contributing to the changing forms of human culture.
Violence has been a central impetus in my work: the violence I do to the wood, the physical wear-and-tear to my joints and muscles, the wresting of attention from the viewer, and the relentless brutality of our commercial age. But when these forces are momentarily focused….and skill serves intention….a small, temporary truce may be won.
The tension between idea and material, mind and body is our human inheritance.The act of making things is a reconciliation of passion and reason, body and mind, harnessing them together for the process of creation. My desire is to transform the struggle to a dance—and to enjoy, profoundly, the dance.