My work takes boxes beyond the ordinary....
My design principles emphasize form, colour and meaning. The use of wood as a
medium is secondary to the purpose, which is to represent emotions in an
entertaining and engaging way. Each piece is created with a box as the central
component. When I apply appendages the piece becomes anthropomorphic. Colour
sets the tone and provides visual interest.
Some time ago
two simple notions occurred to me: these wood 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 discovered also that, with this work,
I could create within others these same feelings or sometimes completely
not find highly figured woods in my work. I prefer 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.
Where am I
headed with this? I am not sure, but the goal is
amusement and the interest of the viewer.