The most striking quality of my sculpture is its vitality. I want my work to have pent-up energy, a graceful, intense life of its own, independent of the subject it may represent.
I was very drawn at an early age to the immensely beautiful ancient stone sculptures in South India where I was born. I also travel extensively to explore and study the art of other cultures as well as forms of art of our own time. As I sculpt, my past rises before me as if shapes and space replace time. Memories of works of art and life blend together.
Stone is an excellent medium due to its many wonderful qualities that can evoke emotion. Its color and outline can set the mood. The texture and shapes can tap into the visceral nature of our tactile sense. Its opacity and shadows can tickle our eyesight. The sharp angles or smooth lines can communicate anxiety or tranquility. The layers and types of minerals can add varied depth. The monochrome or multiple colors can illustrate flamboyancy – the list is endless.
In my work, I try to use all characteristics of a particular stone to communicate a particular feeling. The juxtaposition of the hard, cold, unforgiving nature of the stone and the seemingly smooth, warm, soft, fluidity offers ample opportunity for imparting feelings and emotion. My favorite tools are hammers and chisels, power tools, and my intuition. I stand on the shoulders of my many master teachers, including Kazutaka Uchida and Greg Tonozzi.
A sculpture is not done until the form feels right to my eye and it feels right to the touch of my hand.
I make my art in my studios on Hawaii Island and Fountain Hills, Arizona. My work is widely collected.