Santa Fe, NM
“I spent 47 years in the Midwest. I was born in Duluth, Minnesota and spent my childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sculpture at Northern Illinois University. I then moved to Chicago as a working artist. In 1997 I moved to the city of enchantment, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This was a dream come true.
“If I had to describe my work in one word it would be “animism” which is derived from the Latin word “animi” meaning breath or soul. Animism is one of man’s oldest beliefs, that in every object a spirit or soul exists. When I am sculpting, I feel the sculpture take part in its own creation. I listen and we continue to work together. As an artist I feel grateful to see the world beyond its norm. My life as an artist is fulfilling and I will continue to create sculptures in bronze, clay and wood as long as I can, for everyday is a new day with new beginnings. A patron once told me, ‘Your sculpture speaks to me, and they speak to one another.’ ”