I work with clay in a messy, forceful way. I rake it with my fingertips, poke it prod it, add and dig clay away. I’m watching for life-likeness, the anima, to appear in the work. Refining my forms is a belated second step.
Coloring the work lets me respond again to emotional tone of the piece. What suits the piece; lush color, restraint, bold marking?
Unity is my final goal. Can I see the forms delineated in the piece, read their dimensionality? Does the color contribute to making the piece a cohesive, emotive
sculpture? When it all works, I’m done.
Iím drawn to the exacting nature of sculpting from life. A model brings a wealth of detail, gesture, emotion, anatomy that I try to capture in my work. Time is always limited, models are restless and light can obscure the form. Staying focused to create an engaging likeness or dynamic form is the challenge.