About My Art
It's my style to try to capture the true essence of animals and creatures. Sometimes I embellish my pieces with shells, feathers or other treasures, adding an unique contemporary twist. My sculptures are constructed with a wide variety of driftwood types. Those types are, red pine, hemlock, cedar, tamarack, white pine, white spruce, ash, basswood, beach, black cherry, black walnut, hickory, maple, and birch. Each piece of wood has been weathered by the waves and sand of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie; located in Southern Ontario, Canada. I believe this fresh water driftwood has beautiful markings and each piece tells a story. I love to incorporate all the different varieties of wood with all their diverse colors and textures. This wide range makes for some stunning photos. 99 percent of the time I’ll use the wood exactly how I find it. With a bit of bark, a small burn, each piece of wood tells a story, unique and unaltered.
After a beautiful day at the beach collecting my precious medium, it is washed, dried and sprayed with insecticide, then the creative process begins! Each sculpture starts with an armature. Depending on the type and size of the work, metal, or wood. Then I begin by layering and adding driftwood to the piece. It quickly comes to life! The energy soon becomes apparent; the intensity of a lion, the animation of a monkey, the spirit of a horse, all starts to flow out of the piece. I may select areas to burn, adding flecks to the eyes, or special markings to the face. Each piece is then named, signed, and dated. And, as if by magic, the sculpture is perfected and ready for your love and adornment.
Please note that my driftwood creations have not been, in any way, child proofed. Please display out of reach of children.