Prior to beginning this series of horse sculptures, I was creating abstract forms in steel. Making horse sculptures was a natural progression, in part because I share the building that houses my Putney, Vermont, studio with several horses.
The union of horse barn and sculpture studio benefits my work. The majestic equine form and the forces of a horse in motion inspire me as I continue to explore the possibilities of steel. I have spent many hours studying my family’s horses both from my studio windows and also up close in the pasture. Carrots and apples are a vital investment.
The horse is not the only inspiration behind these sculptures. The steel itself, the history of where it has been, and the potential of what it can be are driving forces in the poetry I endeavor to impart.
A Harmony of Forces
Some of my materials come to me new, clean, and straight. Some I acquire from scrap yards. By forging, cutting, shearing, bending, and welding, I manipulate the new and the used to create a harmony of forces. In creating this balance, I am attentive to both the arrangement of the material and the composition of the surrounding spaces. My working process, a marriage of a compulsion to control and a celebration of the spontaneous, results in one-of-a-kind sculptures of horses.
I thrive on the new discoveries I find in each piece of metal. This deep respect for the material and the working process are key elements that inform my work.
While I strive to be true to the spirit of these beautiful creatures, I hope the viewer sees in my sculptures more than horses. I’d like these sculptures to be seen as artworks that explore composition, movement, and space.