The horse is a universal symbol in the cosmologies of the world. Many myths express the horse's innate clairvoyance and ability to perceive the magic within humans. It can  represent the warrior spirit, loyalty, courage and is also linked with prophecy, hence the well known saying, 'straight from the horse's mouth'.
   Myths are a part of contemporary life in more ways than we would care to admit...'nightmares' and 'horse sense' are common phrases that date from antiquity. The society of 'Horse Whisperers' is one of a number of ancient crafts that has survived down to the present day amongst those that work exclusively with horses.
   The most important association  the horse embodies as a totem animal is that of a magical transporter to the Other World. Perhaps this is the role of the Scottish Kelpie, or water horse. In Gaelic folklore, shape-shifting Kelpies were considered to be the guardian spirit of lochs and streams. So beautiful that one could not resist them, the inspecting rider would be carried at great speed straight into the watery depths.
   However, if one could bridle this magic horse, it would immediately become docile, and if you looked through the rings of the bridle-bit, you might gain the gift of Second Sight.
"Memories of Oak Creek"
"Ground Transport"
   Being very intelligent birds, ravens have developed many methods for obtaining food. Some involve problem solving, advanced dexterity or even the use of tools. Some involve trickery. Ravens have been observed stealing food from their desert neighbors, the javalina. Because pigs generally stand over their food while eating, it's very difficult to dash in and snatch a bite with impunity. So, working in concert, one raven stands on a javelina's back and pecks it on the shoulders, while another raven rushes in to snatch a morsel when the pig becomes distracted. Occasionally the raven seems to enjoy the bareback ride and elects to stay aboard for awhile. In this piece, I have extended the piggy back ride into the realm of fantasy and given these partners wheels.
   This sculpture is part of a series of miniatures based on wild creatures of the high desert wilderness surrounding Sedona.
4.5"h x 5"w x 4.5"l
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent polychrome patina. Unbased, wheels actually roll.

"Mouse House"
8"h x 5"w x 9"l
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent polychrome patina. Sculpture rests on a fossil stone box.
Open Edition      
   The desert deer mouse is found in abundance throughout the Southwest, often making its home in close proximity to humans. It's next to impossible to move a woodpile of explore a large clump of prickly pear cactus without uncovering a next containing one mouse or an entire family.
   This individual has taken shelter beneath a fallen Arizona Sycamore leaf. This species of sycamore is wide-spread throughout the Sedona area, growing to enormous heights near washes and along Oak Creek. It's large leaves and distinctive cream colored bark with splashes of pale green make it easy to identify.
   This sculpture is part of a series of miniatures based on wild creatures of the high desert wilderness surrounding Sedona.
"Tom, Dick and Mary"
13"h x 14"w x 29"l
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent
polychrome patina
    AP/4  Edition/15     
Sculpture
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   Like three young toughs on a street corner, these 'teenage' raven fledglings are looking for some fun. As a group, corvids are recognized as the most playful of birds and young ravens are the most playful of corvids. Their games are often interactive; if one raven slides down a snowbank, all the other birds in the group will likely follow suit. For ravens, as for humans, youthful goofing around is an innocent way of testing and extending one's physical limits. Showing off in play serves another important purpose in adolescence - attracting a desirable mate. Ravens spend the first three or four years of their lives moving in and out of loose-knit 'gangs' in which they meet and court prospective partners. Since they mate for life and often live 30 or so years, this play is serious business.
   This piece can be mounted without a walnut base for display in a garden setting.

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"First Prize, Sculpture", Sedona Arts Center Member's Show,  2008

   "First Prize, Sculpture" and Permanent Collection Purchase Award;  Bennington Center for the Arts,
Bennington, Vermont   2008
  This sculpture was inspired by a raven encountered on one of our morning walks in West Sedona. He, or she, flew toward us, not far over our heads, and just as it arrived directly ovhead, it casually executed a breath-taking barrel roll and then continued on as though nothing special had happened. Just another episode illustrating raven's love of play.
  Play is important, and not just for ravens and small children. This piece is intended to bring a smile and remind us that we're never too old to express the sheer joy of being alive.
  
"Because I Can"
"Second Prize, Sculpture", Sedona Arts Center Member's Show,  2011

 
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent polychrome patina.
    AP/4  Edition/35    
Suspended by 900 lb. test parachute cord.
"Toluca Market Day"
  This piece was inspired by a wonderful day in Old Mexico -  exploring the Friday market at Toluca. This small hill town hosts a true native market. The colors and scents still linger in memory. 
  These native markets are also social events where people not only come together to buy, sell or swap goods but to share stories and news. There is laughter and chatter and children playing .
    This young woman, walking to market with her goat, turns to acknowledge the greeting of a friend, the first such connection in anticipation of a busy, happy day.
"First Prize, Sculpture", Sedona Arts Center Member's Show,  2011

 
8"w x 26"h x 10"l
Cast in Bronze and finished in a traditional patina.
AP/4   Edition /35   
"18w x 13"h x 15"l
Mixed Media Sculpture
Unique Casting   
"Hunt and Peck"
  I enjoy using found objects in my work, and this antique type-writer sparked an idea I just had to explore. Included in the repertoire of birds are sparrows, wrens and a couple of newly hatched Gambel quail chicks.
  The message being typed is:
"A bird in the bush is worth two in the hand!"
Click here to see images of a new suspended companion piece, 'The Seeker'.
   This piece is inspired by many a pleasurable hike in the canyons bordering on Oak Creek...when dawn is just begriming to brighten the edges of the red rocks and the early morning stillness is broken only by the song of a canyon wren.

Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina. Removable cast glass  bowl etched with an oak leaf pattern.
  7"h x 19"w x 24"l  Unique casting.

"Harebrush"
   This piece requires little elaboration in words. I was having fun when I sculpted it and hope that the viewer's spirits will be lifted when sharing it. Perhaps even a wee chuckle will escape now and then.
    I was thinking of various phrases in literature and poetry such as, 'the heart leaps up' or 'his heart leapt when he saw her'.....phrases descriptive of such an intense feeling of joy that it produces a physical  rush. These dancing rabbits have succumbed to that type of elation and have thrown caution to the winds.
  Cast in bronze and finished in a transparent patina      Dimensions:   11.25"h x 7.5"l x 4" w
    Edition: 35  Artists Proofs: 4     
Another version of this theme done in sterling silver; three silver hares mounted atop an antique silver brush. Prices vary according to silver costs and availability of brushes.
7.5"l x 2.25"w x 4."h 
11.5"l  x  7"h
Cast in  bronze andfinished in a complex  transparent patina.
Bases vary and are  always one-of-a-kind.
Unique casting

Celtic Water Horse, "Kelpie"