WOOD ART / ARTIST STATEMENT
For every artist, there is a medium that lends itself easily to the process of art making. For me, a blow torch and wood is that medium. The key elements that my work is comprised of, simply put, are the elements that make up the natural world; fire, water, air, earth (wood and stone).
There is repetition of patterns in nature. Imagine the surface pattern on moving water. It suggests the grain pattern on a cedar or the layers of mineral sediment in marble. The curves that make up the human form, the muscles underneath the skin suggest these patterns as well. As a visual artist I see the individual lines and shapes that these patterns are composed of. What interests me most, is the subsequent dynamic visual energy created by the movement and the direction of these lines.
As a child, I used to stare at my parent’s wood ceiling and floor and imagine a world within the grain pattern. It is much like the game of watching clouds in the sky taking the shape of whatever is in our imaginations. In my art practice today, holding a flame to the wood reveals the most beautiful contours and shapes. The grain both consciously and unconsciously guides my hand. I love the crackling sound of wood as it burns and the smell of a camp fire in my studio while I work.