Making and admiring sculpture is for me at once re-energizing
and defining, a release and an expression, therapeutic and engaging. I also
enjoyed and found new meaning while helping other artists exhibiting their
work and facilitating art lovers appreciating artwork as president of the
Vienna International Centre Art Club. As a teacher I augmented my instruction
with my art and, through specially designed lessons and assignments, encouraged
my students to express themselves artistically.
While beauty in nature is my main model and inspiration, human virtues and
aspirations also loom large in my work. This love for nature has spurred
me to work on environmental pieces.
After I decide on an idea as the conceptual basis for a new piece, and
extract the general form, I strive for flowing lines, grace, balance,
and resolution. I try to exploit the medium with which I work and showcase
its intrinsic qualities. My art is most successful when it stimulates the
viewer's imagination and provokes a reaction.
I believe in a strong role for art in society. Whether in
inspiring, reminding, helping to express and imagine, celebrating, or pushing the boundaries
of technology and materials, its
contribution to human endevours cannot be overstated.
My gratitude and appreciation goes to:
, my sculpture teacher at the RHOK
in Brussels, Belgium, for using his many talents, skills, energy,
and humor to support us students in his classes and at the service of the
, an accomplished sculptor, who welcomed
me in her studio, patiently taught me about mold making from clay models,
gave me valuable pointers working in concrete, and helped me finding useful
resources in and around Brussels, Belgium.
, a great artist and friend for giving me inspiration, moral support
and practical assistance.
• Ruth WATERS
(Hardwood Direct Carving Studio) and B.J. STEVENSON
(Stone Direct Carving Studio)
, teachers at 1870 Art Center in Belmont, California
for running carving classes in a most congenial environment and being a huge source of inspiration with their deep commitment to the community of artists and at large.
• Deborah RUMER
(Design), Edwin SEUBERT
(Graphic Design), and Sam SANCHEZ
Design), teachers at College of San Mateo, California
for their dedicated,
creative, and professional guidance.
• All other artists and non-artists, alive and gone, who inspired
or supported me with their work, words and deeds.