am a sculptor, installation artist and teacher living in Nelson County,
Virginia. I taught at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington,
D.C. over a decade, Virginia Commonwealth University & various workshops
around the country. I have taught at the Maryland Institute College
of Art in Baltimore, MD as well as Washington Studio School in Washington,
images come from a philosophical outlook that holds the physical world
as sacred. I care very much about this world, particularly the natural
environment that we are destroying. It is the one thing I would
give anything to change. As an artist, it can be difficult to feel
useful in this regard. Lately, though, it has occurred to me that
our culture's low regard for intact nature is a symptom of a general lack
of reverence for the beauty of existence.
The arts can be a path to fostering an appreciation of our world. Aesthetic experience should be valued in this light. In that sense, I think part of an artist's function (or a scientist's or a parent's, etc.) is to explore and to love this world, and to help others see the depth of the beauty in and around us.