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"Ship of State, II"
    "Ship of State" is a famous and oft-cited metaphor put forth by Plato in Book VI of Plato's Republic. It likens the governance of a democracy to the command of a naval vessel. However, according to Plato, the leadership of such a government should only be undertaken by the enlightened and benevolent.
    Unfortunately history is often writ by leaders who have engaged in a reign of terror or have meandered aimlessly into a reign of error.
    In lieu of a cartoonist's skill, this piece is my contribution to a bit of whimsical political satire. Our ship of state is crewed by birds of various feather, none of whom seem to be addressing one another directly. Sleeping at the oar appears to go un-noted and is perhaps even permissible. Although copious amounts of "hot air" are generally available, there is hardly enough to stimulate the motionless propeller to force movement forward...or even backward. There is obviously no visionary coxswain to guide the ship to a pre-established destination or to keep all aboard rowing in the same direction.
    Reigning ravens may keep the ship afloat, but haven't a clue as to where they're going or what they might do if they actually arrive in that far off land called the future.
23" h x 12."l  x  13"w
Cast in  bronze and finished in a complex transparent patina.
Artist's Proofs: 4  Edition:  35
"Never Pass Up a Chance to Play"
" 11h x 21"l  x 14"w
Cast in  bronze and finished in a complex transparent patina. Unique casting

"Desert Sonata - Twittering Machine"
   “Hundreds of people have shared with me their experiences of seeing raven’s behavior. I have tried to keep in mind that anecdotes can easily become interpretations. With other animals you can usually throw out 90  percent of the stories you hear about them as exaggerations. With ravens, it’s the opposite. No matter how strange or amazing the story, chances are pretty good that at least some raven somewhere actually did that.”                            Bernd Heinrich, “Mind of the Raven”

     Ravens have been observed hanging upside down from wires, sliding down snow banks, pulling the tails of wolves and tail feathers of eagles, dropping balls and other objects on  unsuspecting human heads, playing tug-of-war, or executing a breathtaking barrel roll in mid air. They love to bathe in snow or water, but nobody watching the bathing performance of young ravens would ever get the impression that the birds were trying to remove dirt. Like kids splashing in a pool, the birds might get clean, but if they do it is strictly incidental. 
This piece is a flight through the fields of fantasy. Combining found objects with miniature sculptures of some of the critters who inhabit the high desert surrounding Sedona, I have endeavored to capture the lighthearted sounds of springtime.

It is also a humorous parody on a famous work by the German painter, Paul Klee. Somewhere between nature and the mechanical, between the comic and the tragic, Klee's birds "twitter" with a music that expresses how frail and vulnerable existence is, especially in the post-WWI modern world.

Desert Sonata is comedy unburdened by tragedy. It simply invites participation in the music of nature.

Dimensions: 10"w x 31"h
Antique engraved trumpet, bronze birds, frogs and crickets
Steel gear
Walnut base on turntable
"Nursery Tale"
"Raven Shaman"
   The streets of Sedona are thoroughfares for more commuters than automobiles. Although deer, javelina and coyote are encountered, by far the most frequent fellow travelers on our street are Gambrel quail. We humans are often seen stopping our cars to allow a single quail or mixed families of a dozen or more to pass by safely.
   Quail are good parents - both male and female care for their chicks and will adopt orphans when necessary.
  This sculpture is a metaphor for human parenthood. A first child is, for most of us a shock in that parents rarely realize just how much sacrifice is required for the care of a helpless infant. While quail chicks are fairly independent almost immediately after hatching, a human child changes our lives forever in ways we could never have imagined. Certainly in today's home with two working parents, life does become a balancing act.
  Cast in bronze and finished in a traditional patina      Dimensions:   13.5"w x 19h"l x 11" l
     Edition: 35  Artists Proofs: 4      
"Down Jacket "
 Creatures both great and small share this planet with us humans and most go unnoticed as we go about the business of our daily lives. Many of us do, though, notice and enjoy the birds among us and draw them in for a closer look by putting out food and water.
   This sculpture was inspired by my observation of a cardinal in winter, fluffed out to the max in order to maintain body heat. He did, indeed, wear a 'down jacket'. 

       Cast in bronze and finished in a     transparent patina     
 Dimensions:   11"w x 11h"l x 7" l     
   Edition: 35  Artists Proofs: 4 
      Bases vary according to availability       
  Ravens are thought to have magical abilities in many cultures throughout the world. They have been called birds of prophesy, messengers to the gods and in the Pacific Northwest, Raven is the creator and bringer of light. Some native tribes refer to ravens as the 'keepers of secrets'. They are linked to the void, where universal secrets are kept. Because ravens are so intelligent, it is easy to see why humans delight in observing and identifying with them.
   In shamanic lore, Raven, as a totem bird, enables second sight, shape-shifting and healing. This sculpture touches on all these aspects and also on our fascination with masks and their ability to allow us to play at being other.

   Picasso insisted that everything was miraculous - it was miraculous he said, that one did not melt in one's bath.
Dimensions:" 8.5"w x 19"h x 10"l 
Cast in  bronze and finished in a  transparent patina. Unique casting

"Quitin' Time?"

Cast in bronze and finished in a traditional patina      Dimensions:  
18"h x 13.5"w x 7"d     AP/4  Edition of 15 
"A Meeting of the Minds "
    Because Sedona is surrounded by National Forest, encounters and interactions with wild animals is common. Deer, coyote and javelina do not recognize human boundaries and consider unfenced gardens or yards a bountiful source of food free for the taking. Raccoons have been known to enter homes through pet doors to snack on pet food.
   This sculpture was inspired by my own encounter with a group of curious javelina who came quite close in their desire to learn what this strange creature might be. This kind of human-animal encounter has occurred through history and now and then results in lasting bonds. The domestication of the wolf/dog is one such illustration of a meeting of unlike minds.
  Cast in bronze and finished in a traditional patina      Dimensions:   11"w x 17.5h"l x 14" l
    Unique Casting     
It's the end of the day for this tired cowboy and his dog, who looks up to check if his pal is really ready to call it quits.
"Cawvert Conversation"
  Cast in bronze and finished in a traditional patina      Dimensions:   
27"w x 19h"l x 11" l
  Unique Casting      
"Caw Waiting"
  I often utilize found objects in my work. This steampunk cradle telephone set me to thinking of what "tweet" means in current vernacular and how I could use that in a satirical way. This particular bird is a mockingbird, but I also make this piece with a raven/crow. 
12"h x 19"w x  10"d 
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina. 
AP/4   Edition 15
"Bearback Riders"
 A photograph in National Geographic showing a black bear sow with cubs hitching a ride on her back was the inspiration for this sculpture.  We are fortunate to have a wildlife park near Sedona where I was able to observe our native black bears roaming in a natural habitat. In addition there were five cubs in an enclosure where I could observe them at play and in various positions. What a treat!
9.5"h x 11"l x  9"w 
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina. 
AP/4   Edition 35
"Beau and Bonnie"
  These two pieces are available separately or can be utilized together as bookends.
They are inspired by charactors in Louie Lamour novels.
9"h x 5"w x  5"d each
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina. 
Open Castings

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