The artist’s life is a monastic life. But it is a life of discovery and exploration. In painting and sculpting I am both discovering something about myself, how I perceive and express those perceptions, and something about the individual, what the person in the portrait or the animal represented in the sculpture has revealed to me. I am in the midst of exploring metal as a medium that exists in the boundary between the refined and unrefined, the smooth and the jagged, the colorful and the colorless to create a personality, a story. The animals I sculpt recently have metal exposed while in the painting the metal is often hidden under layers of paint and the visual details.