Dogs are a new subject for me, but I’m really enjoying sculpting them, they are just so joyful. This pup with butterflies (shameless recollection of Heart’s Dog and Butterfly) is the first of several sculptures for a show at Little Relics Galleria in Sacramento in November.
Art is about relationships in my opinion. The relationship an artist has with her subject matter, the relationship of elements in the composition itself, and the relationship the viewer has with the finished artwork. I’m sure I haven’t named them all!
My love of animals, especially horses, is an ongoing love affair that began when I was around the age of 4 and first sat atop our neighbor’s paint horse, Lilly. Lilly knew she had a rube on her back and proceeded to brush me off on a low hanging tree limb. I didn’t take it personally, and began riding daily until my confidence grew and Lilly came to respect me. Horse lovers out there will tell you horses have much to teach us, and I agree!
My sculptures express my lifelong
fascination with the spirit, beauty and grace of horses.
This is one of my hearts with what looks like a twig growing through it, in progress on my work table. I first have to piece the heart and create a hole slightly larger than the twig, to allow for shrinkage as the clay dries. Later, after the heart is glaze fired, the twig is inserted and glued into place. Then I also add a hand sculpted bird to the twig. I just love the organic feel to this series of hearts, each one is one of a kind!