Dave and I play on our differences to create sculpture together. We are yin and yang. Dave is linear thinking; inspired by high craftsmanship, process, lines & angles and order. I have a more free-flowing way of going about things. I am inspired by my surroundings – the environment and the people around me, and their relationship to each other. The union of Dave’s and my diverse ways, our preferences and skills results in an art-making process that is cohesive and fulfilling. At its simplest, I design and Dave builds. I am the artist, Dave the craftsman. Our partnership is a dance of communication, collaboration, give and take (with careful attention not to step on each other’s toes!).
Our sculptures distill elements of both the natural world and the human figure into graceful forms of movement and flow. Sensual and feminine in nature, our sculptures take on a dance-like motion. We work to create art that simply and beautifully captures a mood, a relationship or a gesture.
Each sculpture begins in two-dimension on my sketchpad. My images come from the infinite and innately perfect designs that already exist in nature and in human life. Instinctively I wonder how I can recreate these forms in metal. This instinct evolves to intuition as I capture the essence of an image in my head and translate it into an evocative sketch. I design with an eye toward simplicity of line and form, and use curves thoughtfully to add softness and femininity.
That elusive third dimension comes alive in a cardboard model, or more often these days using 3d-rendering software. We try to add dimension in intriguing ways that will captivate the viewer from every angle. As Dave joins the process you can almost hear his gears spinning as he engineers the technical aspects of the sculpture – how to build it for strength, durability and ease of installation – all with the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. He brings my designs to life by cutting, forming and welding sheet metal, whether bronze, stainless, mild steel or aluminum. Culling from his years of experience customizing cars and building dragsters, he works adeptly with his hands and tools to tame the rigid medium into soft, graceful shapes. It is in the studio working like this that I see the true passion of my husband; he is at his happiest and most peaceful, and I truly believe these qualities find their way into our sculptures.
Depending on the mood we want to convey, we finish the forms with either vivid powder-coated colors or earthy patinas. When our dance of collaboration is done, we hope to have a sculpture that suggests its own dance-like rhythm and invites viewers to follow its motion with their eyes, their hands, their imaginations. Perhaps as well, they will feel a subtle sense of connection with the mood or rhythm that the sculpture has captured.