About Laurel 2017-01-12T20:57:15+00:00

Artist Statement

My art has always represented my vision and spirit. And if my current bronze sculpture series is any indication, that spirit is a tad whimsical.

Life is often way too serious. I want my sculptures to lift the viewer and take them to a better place for a timeless moment. As an artist, nothing makes me happier than seeing someone smile and laugh with my work.

I am a classically trained sculptor. As a former repeat Director of the board for the La Scuola Classical Sculpture School, I keep one eye on the masters and the other on the present.

My bronze sculptures draw on my love of figurative expression and the freedom of impressionistic interpretation. Not to mention my love of animals. All of my work builds on my ability to observe and capture motion in clean lines.

My Creative Process

My process typically begins with careful scrutiny of the anatomy and movement of my intended subject.

Dozens of digital images and sketches later, the subtle positions, relationships, and attitudes of my animal characters capture the feeling and story I seek to convey in the piece.

After I sculpt an animal in wax or oil-based clay, traditional lost-wax casting processes immortalize the design in bronze. One aspect of particular interest to me, and one for which I plan early in the sculpting phase, is the complex and rich patinas that constitute another hallmark of my limited-edition sculptures. Multiple layers of chemicals and oxides are applied to the heated bronze to achieve a range of unique effects, both translucent and opaque, that complement each design.

More About Me

My range of expression is enabled by a comprehensive skill set gained from extensive life experience. After earning a degree in Industrial Arts from Humboldt State University in Northern California, I came to my art in a roundabout way: mechanic, Master Electrician, building official, animal sculpture artist. From design to production, there is little that I can’t do to realize my visions.

When I’m not in the studio, I can usually be found in the 10 large gardens with which I’ve surrounded my home and converted barn in the foothills of the Front Range south of Denver.

My bronze animal sculptures have received multiple awards and are represented by galleries across the United States. I have fulfilled numerous private, corporate, and public commissions.