“While living and studying Sculpture and Painting in Florence, Italy, I was inspired by a cross from the 12th Century Cathedral in Toledo, Spain…Depicting the ‘Tree of Life,' with a cross arising from its’ trunk.”
After returning to Washington State, I began the series: Crosses to Bear, depictions of Life’s Challenges. Joseph Campbell said it best: “The Goal is to participate joyfully in the Sorrows of the World.” My crosses are symbolic of the ‘Transcendence of Life’s challenges and injustice.'
My process is carving in wood, both found and acquired. Then, using a lost wax process, they are cast into bronze, with traditional, chemically applied patinas.
Originally a stone carver, I have recently found the joy and reward of carving wood…inspired by living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among so many notable, traditional and contemporary carvers, especially my mentor Michael C. Chavez. ARTS EDUCATION
CAL STATE, SAN BERNARDINO
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (BFA PROGRAM)…SEATTLE, WA
NORTHWEST ACADEMY OF THE ARTS…PUGET SOUND, WA GALLERIES – SHOWS – EXHIBITS
CAL STATE, CA – PERMANENT EXHIBIT/SCULPTURE
PALAZZO STROZZI – FLORENCE, ITALY
CHISICK & CHISICK GALLERY – PORT TOWNSEND, WA
WILD WOMEN GALLERY – PORT TOWNSEND, WA
MULTNOMAH ART CENTER – PORTLAND, OR CURRENTLY – CAROLE LAROCHE GALLERY – 415 CANYON ROAD, SF,NM