What started out as an exercise in human anatomy and always looking to create from what’s at hand my latest piece began life as a lump of clay from our property. I molded this clay into a 1” skull. The teeth were carved then painted with gesso and pumice. I burnished it with a stone then fired it in our fireplace inside a tin can. To my amazement the skull took on the appearance of old bone. I rubbed it with candle wax, then drew in fissure lines and anatomical details with pastel pencils.
1.5 h" x 1 d" x 1 w"
6 h" x 3 d" x 3 w"
6 h" x 6 d" x 16 w"
This sculpture depicts the moment a foal stands on wobbly legs and it’s Mothers eagerness to sniff and discover her new baby. She is caught in the moment of rising while reaching with her nose to breath in its essence.
27 h" x 17 d" x 16 w"
Created from weathered wood, choyia cactus wood, barbed wire from 1949 and baling wire. It’s a statement about the affects of barbed wire closing in on range land.
My wire sculptures capture in 3 dimension a feeling and or image in my minds eye and are truly one of a kind. They cannot be reproduced so each piece is unique. They are created by bending and twisting a strand of baling wire to form the anatomy or structure of what I see in my mind. I do not use any references other than what I visualize. In a technique I call Singulo Filo (single line) I do not create a single piece but rather a scene. From the unbroken strand the scene is loosely created flowing from one element to the next in a less is more attempt.
25 h" x 21 d" x 26 w"
In this piece titled On Silver Pond the strand starts at the base of the horses tail. The anatomy is built up until the wire coils form the horses muzzle which is touching the surface of the pond. The disturbance on the waters surface by the muzzle creates ripples on the pond. These ripples of wire extend outward until they reach the edge of the pond and form the roots of the tree which delicately twists and turns hovering over the pond and horse ending with a single leaf at the top. The base is layered mahogany, aluminum, and copper that has been chemically treated to create the green patina of old copper. The aluminum depicts the water, the copper the grass and soil all supported by the mahogany base.
A moment of tranquility is captured by using the material that binds my horses sustenance.
Inspired, I decided to make the whole skeleton with as much detail as possible. I learned by trial and error that some anatomy had to be carved from more durable materials so the end result is a mixed media sculpture of clay, wood putty and different gauges of wire. It stands 8” tall and has jointed limbs that can be posed.
(Shown on toy motorcycle which can be purchased with the skeleton sculpture.)