a child I dug up clay from the creek bed and sculpted human babies
in nests. My mom read us fairy tales, immersing me in a world
of fantasy to the point where I yearned to write and illustrate
fairy tales when I grew up. At age 17 I discovered figure sculpture
in a class at Munson Williams Proctor Institute, a museum school
for adolescents, and have never looked back. I enrolled at Syracuse
University and changed my major from honors English to Sculpture,
eventually earning my Masters in Sculpture at Boston University.
I have been sculpting the figure ever since, continually finding
joy in the exploration of the intricacies of the human form.
I’ve been sculpting the
figure for over 40 years and have been making my living as a
sculptor for the last twenty years, which I consider a remarkable
feat. I’ve done this in a variety of ways. I taught sculpture
part time at various institutions including New Hampshire Institute
of Art, College for Lifelong Learning, University of New Hampshire;
Durham and Manchester, Horizons, and The Carving Studio. I also
worked as a commercial sculptor, making anything from GI Joes
for Hasbro, soccer player portraits for Kenner Toys, cast paper
bas- reliefs for Hill Design.
My commissions include a tidal
pool relief for the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH, a bronze
fountain of Alexander the Great with two companions, a
six foot bronze of an 1870’s millworker and her son for
Nashua New Hampshire’s waterfront, and an eight
foot by seven foot fire fighter’s memorial for the Manchester
NH fire department. I also design and carve traditional
slate tombstones and have been learning to carve marble. I’m
a member of the National Sculpture Society, New England Sculpture
Association, Ogunquit Artists Collaborative, and The Carving
Studio. My personal fine arts work, sculpted in clay or wax
and usually cast in bronze, is shown throughout New England
and the eastern seacoast. My work is very intimate, especially
since I work solely with the human figure, vulnerable in it’s
nudity; glorious in it’s beauty. I consider myself a symbolist
or magic realist, using the human form to explore mystery, passion,
spiritual and psychological truths.
Typically, once my image is sculpted
in clay, I begin a labor and cost intensive mold making and
casting process, some which I do, and some I supervise at my
own bronze casting foundry. I try to keep my work fresh by learning
new methods of sculpting and casting, taking workshops and absorbing
information from other sculptors, casting technicians, and foundries.
I purchased an 1861 Methodist Church and am now the director
of “Sanctuary Arts”,
an artists’ residential and studio community with a “skill-based”
art school and “Green Foundry”, a bronze, iron and
aluminum casting and teaching foundry. There I live, teach,
and have my studio in an active arts environment.