My ideas come from a variety of sources but mostly the every day environment, be it nature, man-made objects or structures, and I often use people interacting with these forces. With stainless steel I try to convey simple lines and planes, whereas when working with stone my aim is to produce more bold, curved forms that have interesting negative space.
An important aspect of what I do is to strip away the superfluous features of subjects and convey their very essence without disrupting it to the point that it has no connection to the original. My intent in using this approach is to engage the curiosity of the viewer.
When working in stainless steel I find the results are more predictable but the interaction of the light and the steel holds an unpredictable and exciting dimension that can’t be known until the piece is complete. Very different effects are seen in the same piece depending on whether it is in full daylight, or on a rainy
day with raindrops sparkling and moving, or when the setting sun reflects off snow turning the bright steel a mellow amber or pink.