"When you see a blue heron gracefully taking off or a hawk gliding low over a field, you don't see the details of every feather.
How do you interpret the motion of a bird in flight with just form, lines and design? And how do you do it while letting the beauty of the wood show through? That is the challenge to me as an artist.
Working on my family's farm, and my decades as a boatbuilder and canoeist, I've spent many hours in the outdoors. The natural world is an easy choice of subject for me. I started woodworking by making furniture, but found that I didn't like that kind of structured form. In art, there are no rules.
For a long time, I focused only on birds. Recently, I began creating interpretations of flowers in wood. I consider these pieces 'sketches in wood'. Woodworking is a journey that has evolved over years, and who can say where it will lead to next?"