In the beginning . . .
Maybe the arrowheads my father found in Alabama as a child and later gave to me were my first inkling that stone could be shaped to suit our needs. But it wasn't until I took a studio art class at UCSC that I realized how much my hands wanted to shape clay, wood and wax. Bronze sculptor Doyle Foreman was an early mentor up there and I eventually majored in art. Stone would come later though a UCSC Extension class with Angelo Grova. Local granite sculptor Peter Hanson taught me about using power tools and encouraged me to try Open Studios, which finally gave me the push to show my work. The experience of meeting and talking to the local art public was invaluable and inspired me to refine my technique and take on larger work.