I find inspiration in natural forms and places, and the experiences found there. When I was in my twenties, I worked for 6 years as a white water rafting guide in Utah, forming a deep and abiding relationship with the river and its environs.
A few years
later I built a small house in west central Wisconsin deep in the woods.
I split my time working there to complete the house and establish a studio
with working as a private gardener in the city. Plant forms and manners
became a part of my visual vocabulary while working all summer to create
environments of color for my clients and living out the fall and winter
in the woods in my little house. When I began to work as a full time studio
artist all of these experiences informed my work. I found myself carving
landscapes and working with botanical themes.