artist statement

artist statement

I have been making baskets, sculptural baskets, and now bentwood sculpture for 36 years.  My home and studio are in Huntsville, Arkansas, which is Northwest Arkansas, the Ozarks.  While using traditional materials and techniques I have added innovative ideas, methods of construction, and new and unique materials such as 3-M emery cloth, paint, and brass and stainless mini machine screws for connections.  These processes and materials have led to work that is more conmplex and hopefully more interesting.  One reason I think my work is attractive to the viewer is because it is old and new at the same time.  I harvest my materials from my 40 acre woods where I enjoy working and being part of the natural world.