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c o m p e t i t i o n:   inside out 


Clay Sculpture
26 x 14 x 14in 
Portland, Oregon [USA] 

artist statement

My goal as a sculptor, as with most artists, is to be able to earn a living doing what it is I enjoy doing, making art. I do consider myself to be one of the lucky ones, and will continue to make sculptures well into the future, regardless. Like most artists, I make the things that I make because I am compelled to make them. Once I get it in my head to create something, I don?t stop until it's finished.

When sculpting, I prefer to render my work in a highly realistic way, often combining elements of surrealism and stylization. I try to find the perfect balance of classic sculpture, blended with a modern twist to create a seamless style, unique to myself. The size of my work has a wide range, from something you could hold in the palm of your hand, to my largest creation being well over nine feet tall. Along with trying to capture the physical grace of the human form, I also try and keep things interesting by capturing one of the more primal emotions that all people are capable of expressing.

My concept for making this piece was quite simple and straightforward. I have some rather broad food sensitivities which drastically limits what I can and can't eat. Consequently, I am hungry all the time. But in a more metaphorical sense, I am also very hungry for success in the sculpture/art world, as well as life in general. How this relates to "Inside Out" ... I suppose one could say that because my actual insides are so limiting, I feel compelled to express myself outwardly.


Being born and raised in Portland, it felt only natural to pursue and obtain my BFA from Portland State University. My focus however, was painting.

But about a year before I graduated, I realized that my talents and my ideas were far more compatible with sculpture. So after graduation, and with the exception of a few additional pieces of work, every bit of art I have made since then has been 3 dimensional in nature. And since I started sculpting after college, I have had to teach myself how to do it on my own. I've picked up tips and tricks from people here and there, but for the most part, when it comes to making the original clay models, I am entirely self taught. There are a few things however that I have learned from people that are on the technical end of the spectrum, such as welding, mold making and pouring bronze.