The design of many of my sculptures actually starts with the “base” as to the center point of the sculpture.

Look at "Mountain Bluebird", the base began as piece of scrub oak that I found in the field next to my house. It had this beautiful inlaid burl, but I could not figure out how to incorporate it into a piece of artwork. After it sat around my house for a few years, one day got the courage to take a saw to it. Once I was comfortable with the shape, I then had to decide what I would pair the base with. With many of my sculptures, birds are a theme, so I needed to figure what regional bird from Colorado would fit, looking at both size and color.

Or there is "Surfs Up". A friend of mine is a woodworking, and one day she showed me a small piece of Curly Maple that she was working with. As I looked it over the grain, it reminded me about when I was a kid camping on the beach in North Carolina. where the surf would wash up on the sand, and then ripple back out to sea. Again, the next step was to determine the sculpture that I would pair with the wood.

As you look through my artwork, see if you can pick the pieces that started with the base first. If you want to know the story behind a particular sculpture, just ask.

This shows the Scrub Oak Burl that was used to create the base for the Mountain Bluebird sculpture
Base for Mountain Bluebird sculpture
Piece of Curly Maple