After graduating from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), I worked as a graphic designer in Toronto for many years. I started to use clay as my artistic medium after I moved to Prince Edward County. I have participated in many juried art shows such as the McMichael Fall Art Sale and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. In 2013, my panda sculptures Er Shun and Da Mao was part of the Animal Stories show at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. My work is in many private collections in Canada and beyond.
I strive to capture the form, the texture, the character, and, above all, the spirit of the animal in my sculptures. At the same time, my animal subjects often show human emotions and tell stories. The line between animal and human are increasingly blurred to provide opportunities to explore and reflect on the human condition. My process of creating is very organic and the element of chance are allowed to influence the posture and the attitude of the finished sculpture. Beneath the gentle and beguiling exterior, I hope something deeper and knowing is captured in the animal’s gesture and expression.
Individually sculpted from slabs of clay, my animal
sculptures are hand stained and then fired in a kiln. The surface is sometimes silky and soft, and sometimes highly textured to reflect the skin of the animal. As all my sculptures are completely crafted by hand, each one is an original and no two are exactly alike.