About Art Making
I like dogs. I like the physicality of dogs. I like the history of dogs. I like the myths about dogs. Mostly I think that dogs are nifty little alien-like creatures which have infiltrated our world. Masters of adaptation. Parasites living off their human hosts– I mean that in the best way… I really do. I have three of my own “parasites” and would have more if I had the time and space.
It is their language, their “personality” faults, the way people see and don’t see them, the shapes that make up the variety of body types, the science behind their crazy expressions of genetics— all of those things. Dogs just seem to be the best vehicle for me to convey my ideas that hopefully make up the content and purpose of my work.
What else are you passionate about?
Paper. Books. Freedom of information. Greyhound genealogy. Surrounding myself with beauty. Not necessarily in that order.
Have you always known what you wanted to do?
Pretty much. When I was a teenager I thought I wanted to be a small animal veterinarian, but there was math involved. Not so good on the math.
Why do you work in clay?
I do remember driving my 4th grade art teacher nuts pestering about the timeliness of the clay project– I still have the that project displayed on a book shelf not 5 feet away from my computer.
The clay I use is the same type that can be thrown into bowls and plates by a potter. I like it because clay is very plastic and pliable. Versatile.
I also like clay because there is a challenge to engineer the pieces so that they will survive. Clay isn’t a sure thing. It cracks and warps and shrinks. This brings an element of the natural. As clay artist you must be willing to put in all the time and effort to get something that you really, really want – and then release it to the elements and principles of clay – the “kiln gods” – and hope for the best.
So clay is a surprise. “Wow, that shrunk a lot” or “Hum… that foot twisted during firing, how am I going to fix this new problem” or “Just what I wanted” or things blow up beyond repair.
When are you going to create sculptures in bronze?
I’m getting there…
Where do your ideas come from?
From my hounds, from other people’s hounds, from the way that people react to their dogs, from the way that dogs react to people, from the way that people react to other people.
There is plenty of good thinking time to be had while walking the Greyhounds. Good doggies they are.
What is with the upside-down dog sculptures?
To me they are about happiness. The first one I made came after a period where I was up to my Wellingtons in sour creative energy that was seeping into my life and turning things rancid.
The ‘roaches are about finding the joy. Just happy creatures.
Why is the upside down pose called Cockroaching?
From the Greyhound-L email list. Nobody seems to remember who started calling this upside-down, flat-on-yer-back, legs-in-the-air contortion “Cockroaching”. I think it is derived from “dead cockroach” as in that’s how a deceased cockroach is commonly found.
When naming the sculpture series I dropped the dead since it seemed to conflict with the feeling of joy.
Where can I learn more about your process, influences and experience as an artist?
Please visit my website/blog right here where I have more information on all of the above as well as pages on my upcoming exhibition schedule, full resume and press.
I am a new customer, do you have prior customer feedback?
Yes! Please check out the wonderful comments by past customers here.
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Shipping times may vary. I make every effort to ship as soon as possible after receiving your order – usually 2-3 days. If I anticipate a longer process time, I will contact you via email or phone.
Do you ship internationally?
Some pieces, yes. I love to have my work in as many different parts of the world as possible. I’ve shipped all over the world and it’s always exciting to add new locations. However, due to the fragility of the ceramic material, some pieces are shippable, some are not. Depends on the design of the work. Generally tiles, sterling, pendants and smaller sculptures are easily shipped. Larger pieces like some sculptures can be problematic. Please ask if you have questions. Taxes, duties, port charges or custom brokers are the responsibility of the buyer.
Do you offer gift certificates? What if my purchase is a gift?
Artwork makes a memorable & unique gift! If you’d like, we’ll ship your purchase directly to the recipient and will enclose a special gift card. Or send a gift certificate!
Choosing a piece of art can be a thrillingly personal experience for your recipients. Gift certificates, in any amount, are a great choice for any occasion.
How do I return this piece of artwork?
I will happily and promptly refund merchandise within 5 days of purchase. Items must be shipped with proper insurance via the method they were originally shipped. The buyer is responsible for safe return of work and return shipping costs.
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Do you take Special Requests?
Thank you but I am not taking on commissions at this time.
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