Animals in this innovative totem represent the twelve Zodiac years found in oriental calendars. Note that some have been replaced with familiar southwestern animals: (the puma has replaced the tiger, the wolf replaces the dog, the javalina replaces the pig). At the base, a carp swirls under a lily pad that has a frog sitting on top. Pisces and Aquarius, symbolizing water as necessary for all life, support animals stacked on top.
My inspirations are from myths and cultural symbols repeated throughout history connecting disparate people. The South’s rich cultural history mixed with my enthusiastic pursuit of cultural mythology- especially Native American creation myths- has given me endless inspiration for my animal sculptures wrapped in mythical themes. I’ve been lucky to be born in an era of global communication and to have the opportunity to travel the world. My style reflects my belief that life needs to be celebrated with whimsy and attitude. I use the flow of lines and surface patterns to create positive and negative spaces in my sculpture. This creates movement and balance between the parts. Everything has serious and whimsical dimensions. I look for the underlying joy in the world to express in my sculpture.